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Denver considered tagging star cornerback Champ Bailey, which would cost around $15 million. Rather than do so for the 32-year-old Bailey, who comes off a decent season in which he missed one game with a right heel injury, the Broncos want to get a multiyear deal done. Bailey was mulling an extension in October when the team suddenly pulled the offer.

Others with tough decisions to make are the Giants (WR Steve Smith or RB Ahmad Bradshaw); the Titans, who saw DE Jason Babin have a breakout season with 12 1/2 sacks; and the Falcons (RT Tyson Clabo). Babin already has expressed his desire not to be tagged, even if it would bring riches he couldn’t have contemplated a year ago.