Report: Champ Bailey receives $1.25 million roster bonus

Champ Bailey can still blanket receivers as he enters his 15th year. (USATSI)

Despite being repeatedly beaten by Torrey Smith in an AFC Divisional Playoffs loss to the Baltimore Ravens in January, Champ Bailey had a productive season in 2012 when he tied an NFL record with his 12th appearance in the Pro Bowl.

Bailey, who will turn 35 in June, will likely return to Denver in 2013 after receiving a $1.25 million bonus for remaining on the Broncos’ roster after the fifth day of the league year, the Denver Post reported. Bailey will likely be joined in the secondary by veteran safety Mike Adams, who received a roster bonus of $250,000, according to The Post.

The four-time All-Pro cornerback ranked in the top 10 in pass coverage efficiency by Pro Football Focus, among cornerbacks who appeared in at least 75 percent of their team’s defensive snaps. When opposing quarterbacks targeted Bailey in 2012 they finished with a quarterback rating of 67.3, fifth-lowest in the NFL. Quarterbacks throughout the league posted a higher rating when testing veteran cornerbacks Antonio Cromartie, Cortland Finnegan and Carlos Rogers.

Adams, meanwhile, was signed by the Broncos to fill the void created by the retirement of nine-time Pro Bowl safety Brian Dawkins at the end of the 2011 season. Adams, a 10-year veteran, finished with 11 pass defenses and two forced fumbles last season. In Adams’ two previous seasons with the Browns, he finished with 12 pass defenses combined. The former Delaware safety is entering the final season of his two-year, $4.0 million contract.

Denver ranked third against the pass in 2012, allowing 199.6 passing yards per game.

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