Bailey, Lynch represent Broncos in Pro Bowl |

Bailey, Lynch represent Broncos in Pro Bowl

DENVER ” Champ Bailey was named to his fifth straight Pro Bowl and John Lynch made his sixth overall Wednesday, as the Denver Broncos sent their two key offseason acquisitions to the NFL all-star game.

Bailey and Lynch were the only two Broncos to make the roster. Their starting status will be determined next month.

Bailey is the only cornerback in the NFL to start every game since 1999. He leads the Broncos with three interceptions and has broken up 11 passes. The Broncos acquired him in a blockbuster trade this offseason, sending Clinton Portis to Washington in exchange for Bailey and a second-round draft pick.

On Tuesday, coach Mike Shanahan said he thought Bailey deserved a spot in the Pro Bowl.

“Of course I do,” Shanahan said. “I think he’s one of the best corners in the league, if not the best.”

Bailey, however, said he has been disappointed with his season. The Broncos are 8-6, fighting for a spot in the playoffs. Denver’s pass defense is ranked 10th and Bailey has only the three interceptions.

Stats, however, don’t always tell the entire story with cornerbacks like Bailey, in part because he doesn’t see a lot of balls thrown his way.

“I can’t pinpoint it,” he said. “You have to look at it after the season.

There are spots here and there I could clean up, but there’s no time to look back right now.”

The Broncos signed Lynch when his first team, Tampa Bay, decided to part ways after 11 seasons. Lynch came into this season after delicate neck surgery that brought into question his ability to play.

He has 63 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception.

This will be his first trip back to the Pro Bowl since 2002.

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