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Cornerbacks are still in high demand

Updated: April 15, 2005, 12:20 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Broncos coach Mike Shanahan championed the idea that a shutdown cornerback could take a playoff team and turn it into a Super Bowl team. He watched the 49ers beat the Cowboys to earn a Super Bowl berth thanks in part to Deion Sanders and watched Sanders go to Dallas and accomplish the same goal.

Without a second thought, Shanahan traded halfback Clinton Portis to Washington for cornerback Champ Bailey last offseason. Good thought. Bad timing. Bailey, perhaps the league's best shutdown cornerback, ...

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