Some Ravens fans had suggested in recent weeks that free agent cornerback Champ Bailey might be a good fit in Baltimore, as the Ravens will look to upgrade their defensive backfield this offseason. Bailey, a 10-time Pro Bowler, appeared to be one of the top corners available.
Well, Bailey’s not available anymore.
According to Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway, the team has signed Bailey to a four-year deal that will likely allow him to finish his career in Denver.
Bailey, 32, was a slim possibility for the Ravens, but he would have demanded a large chunk of change. Probably more than GM Ozzie Newsome would have been willing to spend for a corner who soon will be on the tail end of his career.
It makes sense for Bailey to re-up with Denver, where he is beloved by fans and has established himself in the community. The question now for the Broncos is if they’ll be able to put a decent team around Bailey in the next four years to capitalize on the fact that they were able to keep him around.
I continue to say that’s unlikely.
The Ravens will spend huge money on one Pro Bowl defensive player at some point, but that guy will be defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.
Ngata was designated as the Ravens’ franchise player last week, but the team still hopes to lock him up to a long-term deal once a new collective bargaining agreement is reached. They’ve budgeted his deal (which could top the $60 million mark) into their plans for the next handful of years.
Asomugha will likely demand a contract which will make him one of the highest paid defensive players in the league, but I maintain he won’t get that contract from the Ravens. Ngata will take priority when it comes to big-money contracts, leaving the Ravens to sift through the second-tier of free agent corners if they want to add someone to their current stable of defensive backs.