Broncos sign Boss Bailey
ENGLEWOOD, Colorado” The Bailey brothers are teaming up in Denver.
The Broncos on Thursday signed free agent linebacker Boss Bailey, the younger brother of perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey.
Boss Bailey spent his first five seasons in Detroit, after being selected in the second round of the 2003 draft. He had a standout career at the University of Georgia, where he followed his older brother as an all-conference selection.
The 28-year-old linebacker has appeared in 58 games, including 51 starts, and has made 258 tackles, seven sacks and two interceptions.
Last season, he had a career-best 31/2 sacks and 47 tackles in 15 games.
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A phone message was left for his agent, Jack Reale.
Although coach Mike Shanahan has said the organization is shifting its emphasis from free agency to the draft to fill its many needs after missing the playoffs two straight years, the Broncos shored up their linebacker corps with experienced pros this week.
Earlier, they signed free agent Niko Koutouvides, who will get a chance to start at middle linebacker for the Broncos, and waived Ian Gold, who spent seven seasons in Denver sandwiched around a season in Tampa Bay in 2004.
Boss Bailey will play strongside linebacker in Denver, where D.J. Williams will move back to the weakside after a year in the middle. Koutouvides, 26, has been with Seattle the last four seasons, and is a standout on special teams. Last season, Koutouvides finished fourth in the NFL with a career-high 20 tackles on special teams.
The Baileys will be the fourth pair of brothers to play for the Broncos and will join Dave and Doug Widell (1990-92) along with Eldon and William Danenhauer (1960) as the third pair to play for the franchise at the same time.