Posted Wed Jul 6th by Jon Heath
A recent article on NFL.com by Elliot Harrison and Jason La Canfora discusses who was the best cornerback of the 2000′s. Among those mentioned include Denver’s Champ Bailey, Oakland’s Nnamdi Asomugha, Green Bay’s Charles Woodson and New York’s Darrelle Revis.
To me, the choice seems clear. None of the above mentioned cornerbacks have played as consistent throughout the past ten years as Bailey — Asomugha and Revis didn’t even enter the league until 2003 and 2007 respectively. Today, Bailey may not make as many big plays as Revis or shut down receivers as well as Asomugha, but there’s no question that he was the best of the 2K era.
La Canfora makes a similar argument.
Bailey is a true shutdown corner with exceptional ball skills and a great mind for the game. He’s made huge plays in huge games. He took away a side of the field for pretty much the life of this study. He has always had that air of greatness. …
Sure, other youngsters like Nnamdi Asomugha came along, but the span of time in which he has dominated the game pales to Bailey’s at this point. For Bailey to be getting contract extensions in the $16-million-per-season range at this stage of his career tells you all you need to know.
From 2000-2010 Bailey deflected 120 passes, recorded 43 interceptions and was voted to 10 Pro Bowls. Denver is expecting another good year from Champ this season, if there is one.