Cornerback Champ Bailey, who is owed $12.5 million in 2010, which is the final year of his contract, admitts he doesn’t know what his future with the Broncos will be. Coach Josh McDaniels made it clear that he expects Bailey to be a part of what he is building in Denver.

“I love Champ,” McDaniels said. “He’s a captain, he’s been a Bronco for a while, and we’d love to have him be a Bronco as long as I’m here. He’s a key component to our defense, think he will be going forward.”

Orton’s future
McDaniels said good things about quarterback Kyle Orton, who will be a free agent this offseason, in his season-ending news conference. He said Orton did a lot of good things and he anticipated him getting better with another year in his system. While McDaniels made it clear he wasn’t predicting what would happen with Orton and his contract, Orton is clearly in Denver’s plans.

“There’s always question, but I love this organization and I want to be back,” Orton said. “I think they want me back. All that business stuff, it takes a lot to get it all taken care of, but I’m confident I’ll be back.”

Taking sides
While McDaniels is getting plenty of criticism after the Broncos finished 8-8, linebacker Mario Haggan strongly backed McDaniels and the direction of the franchise.
“I believe in him,” said Haggan, who was signed by Denver when Mike Shanahan was coach. “He’s a good coach. Sometimes it’s hard to get it done the first year. Do I think we could have done better? Do I think Josh has done a great job? Yes. I buy into what he’s preaching.”