--There has been some back-and-forth dialogue between the Broncos and Jack Reale, the agent for pending free agent CB Champ Bailey, as the Feb. 24 deadline approaches for affixing franchise tags. The $15 million price tag for that one-year designation is likely too rich for Denver, and negotiations that would give the 10-time Pro Bowl selection more years for guaranteed money slightly larger than that payout aren't gaining traction.
It's come to the point now where it's an open question whether Bailey even deems it worth it to re-up with the Broncos, which pulled an offer the player thought was a done deal in October. Bailey already was tiring of losing and haggling after another standout season seems foolish after a while with several suitors expected to make a run at him coupled with Denver's lack of on-field success in recent seasons.
Bailey gave a hint Tuesday by putting his suburban Denver home on the market.
The cornerback heard pitches from several prominent players at the Pro Bowl, selling the benefits of their teams.
"I don't ignore that," Bailey said after the all-star game in Hawaii. "Every guy I talked to I'll remember it and from here on out if those teams want to call and show interest, then I'll remember what those guys said and let them know I also talked to a few guys. It's nothing big or small about it, but one of those things I'll always remember."
--Wide receiver Eddie Royal spoke Wednesday about his recent hip surgery, and while he was reticent to go into details about the nature of his injury, he said some reports about the severity of his condition have been overblown.
"It wasn't a major procedure," he said, adding, "It's really not that drastic a thing."
Royal explained that he'll take his time in his recovery and that the May timetable he's been given is not only feasible but "is taking it slow." The receiver is due to ditch his crutches soon.
"I'm moving around great."
--Perhaps there were few NFL players following the government takeover in Egypt more than Broncos right tackle Ryan Harris, one of the league's rare players of the Muslim faith.
Harris frequently was on Twitter as the demonstrations in Cairo raged, giving his thoughts. That's not surprising, since he was a political science/economics major at Notre Dame. The Egyptian situation was rife with elements of both topics.
"As a Muslim it's great to see a peaceful, democratic protest be successful," Harris said.
"It's one of the first times the revolution really was televised."
--Defensive tackle Justin Bannan signed with Denver in free agency last offseason, which interrupted his normal routine to some degree while he got acclimated to new surroundings.
One of the items he skipped was a semi-regular routine he's done since he was five years old - practicing martial arts at a dojo near his hometown of Fair Oaks, Calif., a suburb of Sacramento.
Bannan plans on resuming that training in the foothills this summer to rekindle his relationship with his lifetime martial-arts teacher, who's now 78.
"It's something your dad drags you to and you don't know what you're doing," Bannan said of his initial experiences as a small child, kicking away. "I know what I'm doing now. When you're five, you're just a little kid running around. Now I know how to train."
The former University of Colorado star currently views the experience as a spiritual one as much as physical, helping center his focus before long training camps and seasons.
"It works different muscle groups and it's a different type of training, then you incorporate that with your football training - your sprinting, your lifting, everything. I've always seemed to have good success with that."
--Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, Denver's No. 1 pick, suffered an Achilles tendon tear that required surgery Feb. 14. The team announced his recovery time as 6-8 months, putting a regularly scheduled training camp and season start in jeopardy.
"I have no doubt that Demaryius will overcome this setback," Broncos head coach John Fox said. "He's proven he can handle adversity and will get through this."
Still, Royal's injury coupled with Thomas' more serious ailment may alter the team's plans at the receiver position, which, until recently, appeared set.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's a tough situation. He's a young kid who already has been through a lot in his little time in the NFL but he's a hard worker. I know he'll rehab it hard and get back where he needs to be." - WR Eddie Royal, on the latest injury-related setback for second-year WR Demaryius Thomas, who has had foot, ankle and concussion issues the last two years.
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