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Champ Bailey | Defensive Back

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (36) / 6/22/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 192
College: Georgia
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Champ Bailey is expected to compete for the No. 2 corner job.
If healthy, Bailey will have no trouble beating out Corey White and Patrick Robinson for every-down work opposite Keenan Lewis. Of course, health will always be a question when we're talking about a 36-year-old (in June) that's coming off a nagging foot injury. Bailey's incentive-laden two-year deal with the Saints contains just $500,000 in guaranteed money. Apr 23 - 9:39 AM

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Saints GM Mickey Loomis confirmed Champ Bailey was signed to play cornerback.

Bailey made it known that he was willing to play safety following his release from the Broncos, but the Saints still see the 36-year-old (in June) as a valuable corner. He'll deal with No. 2 receivers, while Keenan Lewis shadows opposing top wideouts. Bailey is a prime bounce-back candidate in New Orleans.
Apr 9 - 2:07 PM

Saints signed CB Champ Bailey to a two-year contract with a max value of $7 million.

We realize it's popular at this point in time to chalk up Bailey as "done," but he had an excellent regular season in 2012 before Torrey Smith ran by him a few times in Denver's playoff loss, and Bailey was injured throughout 2013. We're a little more open minded. Turning 36 in June, Bailey's skill set remains an excellent fit for DC Rob Ryan's press-man scheme, where he'll only have to deal with No. 2 corners opposite running mate Keenan Lewis. It's still likely New Orleans uses an early draft pick at cornerback, quite possibly in the first round.
Apr 4 - 3:19 PM

Free agent DB Champ Bailey is visiting the Saints.

It's his first-known visit. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Bailey has another visit lined up if he can't work out a deal in New Orleans. The Saints have a major hole opposite Keenan Lewis, but relying on a soon-to-be 36-year-old Bailey as a starter would be risky business after injury limited him to just 193 snaps last season. Bailey is open to playing safety, but the Saints already have their starters in Jairus Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro. It's possible Bailey is being eyed as a deluxe reserve who could play all over the secondary.
Apr 1 - 5:48 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle suggests the 49ers as a possible landing spot for free agent DB Champ Bailey.

The 49ers lost Tarell Brown in free agency, cut Carlos Rogers and Chris Culliver has both health and legal issues. Bailey is 35 and battled a chronic foot injury last season, but is open to playing some safety and can still be a nickel corner. He's also been linked to his hometown Falcons since getting released by the Broncos a month ago.
Mar 31 - 11:52 AM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure believes there's a "strong possibility" Atlanta will inquire about free agent CB Champ Bailey.

The Falcons are set at outside corner with Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, but are reportedly seeking competition or a potential upgrade on incumbent nickel back Robert McClain. Atlanta did extend McClain a $1.43M restricted free agent tender. Bailey is a Georgia native and played college ball in Athens.
Mar 9 - 4:07 PM

Champ Bailey's agent blames his down 2013 on his foot injury, not his age.

"(Unfortunately) everybody wants to judge him based on playing hurt," Bailey's rep said. "Which is how it goes in the league. Rarely, if ever do you get an ‘attaboy’ if you don’t play as well hurt as you do when your healthy." With Bailey three months shy of his 36th birthday, teams aren't going to be buying what his agent is selling on the age front. Open to playing safety, Bailey will generate interest.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 6 - 5:17 PM

Updating a previous item, free agent Champ Bailey is now saying he's open to playing safety for his next NFL team.

Bailey is smart not to limit himself as he enters free agency in decline. "My vision is to still play corner, but I'm a little more open-minded about the season I had last year," he said. "If a situation made sense to play safety, then I would consider it." Bailey has always been a sure tackler, though his speed is a major question mark. That can be problematic regardless of his position.
Source: USA Today
Mar 5 - 11:10 PM

The Broncos did not ask Champ Bailey to take a pay cut before releasing him late Wednesday.

This suggests Denver has no intention of re-signing him at a lesser rate. Bailey is "looking forward to free agency for the first time." Going on age 36 after a poor season, Bailey's market will be limited. He did play well enough during the 2012 regular season that he'll likely find a new team, albeit on the cheap.
Mar 5 - 10:52 PM

Broncos released CB Champ Bailey.

He was owed a $1 million roster bonus on March 15. The cut saves $10 million against the cap. With the savings, we wouldn't be surprised if GM John Elway made a run at free agent SS T.J. Ward. Denver is needy at safety, and Broncos exec Tom Heckert drafted Ward in Cleveland. Bailey, 36 in June, began to show signs of decline late in 2012, particularly during Denver's playoff loss to Baltimore. He all but fell off the cliff in 2013, battling recurring foot injuries and performing ineffectively when available. Bailey wants to keep playing, but is opposed to a Charles Woodson-like conversion to safety. Either way, he'll have to be open to playing for cheap. Whenever Bailey hangs up the cleats, the 12-time Pro Bowler will have a great argument to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Mar 5 - 10:00 PM

The Broncos plan to ask Champ Bailey to take a pay cut.

In addition to a $9 million base salary, Bailey is owed a $1 million roster bonus on March 15. Coming off a season where he appeared in just five regular-season games due to injuries, he'll need to take a massive pay cut to return. "We're still in the process of talking about that," Broncos GM John Elway said at the Combine. "I'm going to sit down with Champ and find out what he wants to do and go from there."
Feb 21 - 9:41 PM

Champ Bailey told reporters after Sunday's Super Bowl loss to Seattle that he intends to keep playing in 2014.

Bailey was burned repeatedly by Doug Baldwin in Denver's embarrassing loss, though he was playing out of position at slot corner, filling in for injured Chris Harris. At this stage of Bailey's career, he'd be best suited on the perimeter, using the sideline as a crutch. If Bailey is to return to the Broncos, he'll have to take a massive pay cut from his $10.5 million in scheduled salary and bonuses. Bailey turns 36 in the offseason.
Feb 2 - 10:50 PM

Champ Bailey is owed a $1 million roster bonus on March 15.

That's in addition to a $9 million base salary. Bailey's contract will either be terminated or restructured prior to March 15. Noncommittal when asked during Super Bowl week on whether he'll keep playing in 2014, Bailey turns 36 this offseason. If the Broncos defeat Seattle, he may ride into the sunset.
Feb 2 - 6:41 PM

Champ Bailey was non-committal when asked if he'll retire following Sunday's Super Bowl.

Bailey will turn 36 in June and is coming off an injury-plagued season that saw him appear in just five regular season games. But he did play on 56-of-59 snaps in the AFC Championship Game and will have a major role Sunday as a starter opposite Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and slot corner in the nickel. Bailey is owed $9 million in 2014 base salary, and it wouldn't surprise us at all to see the future Hall of Famer ride off into the sunset rather than accept a pay cut.
Jan 27 - 8:44 AM

Champ Bailey (foot) played on 56-of-59 snaps in Sunday's win over the Patriots.

It was the first time Bailey appeared to be at full strength all year, and it couldn't have come at a better time. Tom Brady was in town and Chris Harris was watching after his Divisional Round torn ACL. Bailey started on the left side and then moved to the slot in nickel packages, excelling in coverage in the process. The future Hall of Famer figures to tangle with Percy Harvin in the Super Bowl.
Jan 20 - 10:21 AM