Champ Bailey spent a decade with the Denver Broncos, making eight Pro Bowls and picking off 34 passes even with quarterbacks only reluctantly glancing his way.

This number was hard to overlook: $10 million.

In a salary-cap move Thursday, the Broncos released Bailey, the team's defensive leader who's been a fan favorite since he was acquired in a trade with Washington in 2004.

Broncos boss John Elway called the decision to release Bailey, 35, a "difficult" one given all that the perennial Pro Bowl cornerback has brought to the team.

"Without question, he's among the best cornerbacks to ever play the game and one of the finest players in the history of the Broncos," Elway said in a statement. "You couldn't ask for more in a player than what Champ brought to this team."

Bailey's 52 career interceptions are the most among active cornerbacks.

Bears: Devin Hester is done returning kicks in Chicago.

The Bear confirmed that they are parting ways with the three-time Pro Bowl pick after eight seasons, confirming what he told the NFL Network the previous day.

Colts: Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, who spent his entire seven-year career with Cleveland until being released last week, signed a four-year, $22 million contract to play with Indianapolis.

Eagles: Two people familiar with the situation say Michael Vick and the team haven't ruled out the quarterback's returning to Philadelphia. Vick will become a free agent next week, and the four-time Pro Bowl pick has made it clear he'll look for an opportunity to be a starter.


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Vikings: New Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer says he would welcome Matt Cassel back to the team if the veteran quarterback decides he wants to return. Cassel exercised the opt-out clause in his contract to become a free agent.

Running back Adrian Peterson, meanwhile, is interested in the Vikings signing Vick to be the starting quarterback.

Peterson, the 2012 NFL MVP, tweeted his thoughts Wednesday.

Browns: Kicker Billy Cundiff agreed to a one-year, $1.02 million contract to remain with Cleveland.

Dolphins: An attorney for the trainer fired last month by the team says his client was improperly singled out to appease a "public outcry for action" in the wake of Miami's bullying scandal.

Kevin O'Neill was fired Feb. 19, five days after the release of an NFL report on the scandal following a three-month investigation.

Aaron Hernandez: A Massachusetts sheriff is seeking a criminal complaint against former NFL star Aaron Hernandez after a recent jail scuffle with another inmate. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said last week neither inmate required medical attention after the Feb. 25 fight in the Bristol House of Correction.

Hernandez is held there without bail after pleading not guilty to murder in the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd.

ESPN.com contributed to this report.