- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 26, 2004

A deal sending Washington Redskins cornerback Champ Bailey to the Denver Broncos is expected to be made as soon as today.

The last obstacle to a trade that would swap Bailey and a second-round pick for Broncos running back Clinton Portis was overcome Wednesday when the cornerback had a positive visit to Denver.

“It’s kind of hard to come here and not want to be here,” Bailey told Denver-area reporters Wednesday night.

Agent Jack Reale and the Broncos negotiated yesterday on a contract expected to be in the six-year, $50million range. Reale did not return phone messages but told the Associated Press talks “have progressed considerably.”

NFL sources said in recent days that Denver was willing to meet Bailey’s financial expectations, so negotiations were not expected to be a key issue.

Washington is expected to discuss a new deal for Portis at some point, as well. But unlike Bailey, Portis has no ability to hold up a trade because he remains under contract for two seasons at salary cap-friendly rates.

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