Jan 28, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey speaks to the media during Media Day for Super Bowl XLVIII at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos officially release Champ Bailey, John Elways reacts

On Thursday afternoon, the Denver Broncos officially announced that they have released veteran defensive back Champ Bailey, a move that we all saw coming since news broke late Wednesday night that the AFC Champions and the future Hall of Famer had agreed to part ways.

A spot in the Hall of Fame in the future is something that Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway referenced in speaking briefly about the release of Bailey.

Bailey entered the NFL in the 1999 season as a top draft pick of the Washington Redskins after a standout career in college with the Georgia Bulldogs on both sides of the ball, but mainly excelling on defense.

He was traded to the Broncos in 2004, and this past season played a small part in getting Denver back to the Super Bowl.

As of this time, Bailey has stated that he has no plans to retire and will test the free agent market for the first time in his Hall of Fame career.

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