With only three losses during the 2012 NFL regular season, the Denver Broncos were able to lock up the number one seed in the AFC, clinch a first-round bye in the NFL playoffs and win the AFC West division title for a second consecutive season.
The Peyton Manning experiment in the Mile High City turned out to be a resounding success with the four-time NFL MVP leading the Broncos to one of the best seasons in recent memory for the storied franchise. Manning’s presence under center was immediately felt by the squad and became infectious with the team responding by coming together and turning into arguably the best all-around team in the league as a result.
Although Manning’s play and leadership played a big role in the team’s success in 2012, the Broncos’ defense was also crucial in dominating the competition in the AFC throughout the regular season. Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil led the charge on the defensive side of the football in terms of putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks while veteran cornerback Champ Bailey continued to play at a high level in the Broncos’ secondary.
Unfortunately for Bailey, the future of the 12-time Pro Bowl in Denver was uncertain once the Broncos were knocked out of the NFL playoffs by the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens with the veteran potentially being a salary cap casualty. Despite speculation of Bailey being released by the team, Denver has decided to retain him via Pro Football Talk:
However, Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey is not going to be among those suddenly finding themselves on the street.
According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Bailey will be a member of the Broncos next season and will not be released.
The future Hall of Famer will make a considerable amount of money during next season with the Broncos. Bailey is set to earn $10.5 million in 2013.
There’s no question that Bailey is nearing the end of his career in the NFL heading into his 15 year in the league, but the Georgia product continues to be extremely productive for the Broncos and will likely retire as a member of the team that he’s played for over the past decade.