John Lynch, who's entering his 16th NFL season, received permission from Coach Mike Shanahan to explore other opportunities. Lynch's decision caught his teammates by surprise. Champ Bailey knew the nine-time Pro Bowler was discontent with his playing time but not to this degree. "I didn't see that coming," Bailey said. "But I understand how competitive he is and how much pride he has about what he does on the field. It sucks that he can't play every down, but that's what he wants to do. He wasn't happy with his role. I'm behind his decision all the way. I would love him to stay, but every guy has to look out for himself." Lynch was told he'd get an opportunity to compete for a starting safety job when he took a pay cut this offseason.