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Champ Bailey visiting the Saints, maybe another team


It took Champ Bailey a long time to reach his first Super Bowl, and it might take him some time to make people forget his recent form.

But that hasn’t kept him from looking for another chance.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the veteran cornerback is visiting the Saints, and may have another trip lined up, depending on the negotiations.

The Broncos couldn’t find enough nice things to say about him, but they also couldn’t get out of paying him $10 million next year fast enough either.

The 35-year-old Bailey has expressed a willingness to play some safety if need be (though the Saints are covered there), and his presence alone should help a team. But a foot injury and the inevitability of aging made him look like a different player last year.

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35 Responses to “Champ Bailey visiting the Saints, maybe another team”
  1. soundslikeatypicalbastard says: Apr 1, 2014 5:58 PM

    You put the old Champ Bailey in the same defensive backfield as Keenan Lewis, Kenny Vaccarro, and Jairus Byrd, and the would easily be the most talented in the league. The current version of Champ Bailey, not so much. I don’t know about this one.

  2. seatt1ej0nes says: Apr 1, 2014 5:59 PM

    What a sad way to end a career…if the Saints even make the playoffs they’re going to get blown out by the Seahawks AGAIN. Champ, we’ll take you as nickel or dime back. Time to win a ring, and you’ll have the best fans in the NFL behind you.

  3. tke743 says: Apr 1, 2014 5:59 PM

    Should have been a Saint in the first place. Thanks Ricky.

  4. madmikepromo says: Apr 1, 2014 6:00 PM

    Ok maybe I’m stupid but how can the Saints afford Champ Bailey when they can barely pay other players

  5. thepftpoet says: Apr 1, 2014 6:02 PM

    Bounty gate.

  6. jimnaizeeum says: Apr 1, 2014 6:04 PM

    Great player…in his prime.
    He’ll be 36 when the season starts, old enough to lose a few steps.

  7. grimreaper12 says: Apr 1, 2014 6:04 PM

    Champ is past his best.
    Surprised the Raiders aren’t interested. They are stockpiling on past it players.

  8. believeland2014 says: Apr 1, 2014 6:08 PM

    I’ll sign him for a cheap vet 1 year deal at best.

  9. blitzinc43 says: Apr 1, 2014 6:13 PM

    As a close friend of the Bronco organization I feel the Saints, and ANY team who gets Bailey is getting a hell of a lot of skilled experience.

  10. nola5712 says: Apr 1, 2014 6:13 PM

    “madmikepromo says:
    Apr 1, 2014 6:00 PM
    Ok maybe I’m stupid but how can the Saints afford Champ Bailey when they can barely pay other players”

    you’re not stupid. it’s perplexing even to saints fans, or at least to this guy. how does mickey loomis pull these rabbits out of his hat? how did he sign byrd to that contract this year?? how did he sign keenan lewis from the steelers last year??every year we seem to be on the cusp of eclipsing the cap, but he’s just apparently very smart and very good at what he does. he knows if he can pay a player one way (i.e. signing bonus) vs. another (i.e. contractual obligations) and get around any restrictions, then he will do that to meet a sum. for better or worse for the future of the club.

    (disclaimer: this is coming from a fan very uneducated in the science of being a football gm; it’s just what i gather based on what’s released to us public folk)

  11. InFact says: Apr 1, 2014 6:17 PM

    There’s a reason Denver did not keep him.

    Raiders need another re-tread?

    Amazing GM McKenzie did not learn his lessons well from GB’s GM Ted Thompson: do not sign FA 30+ vets on the wrong side of youth.

    Odds are good that the goods will turn odd.

    Glad Thompson is Eyes Wide Open while N.O. and Oakland appear asleep.

    N.O. in ’14-’15: 8-8 at best
    Oakland in ’14-’15: 7-9 at best

  12. eb3110 says: Apr 1, 2014 6:19 PM

    Pairing him at S with McCourty, with Revis & Browner on the outside would be very interesting. Just not sure there’s a place for him with Dennard & Ryan locked into spots, too.

  13. fdugrad says: Apr 1, 2014 6:21 PM

    Great player as well as person, however right now, he is old, slow and done. Why would any team sign him at this point?

  14. beastnola says: Apr 1, 2014 6:22 PM

    Seattle couldn’t be us @ home….in the playoffs you come to the dome, you’re going home….no matter who you are….come on man!

  15. nola5712 says: Apr 1, 2014 6:24 PM

    packers were 8-7-1 last year. saints were 11-5. big difference bud. if anyone regresses it’s neither. my money would be on the pack to improve (having rogers back) and for the saints to stay where they’re at (11-5, 10-6, MAYBE 12-4).

  16. 1harrypairatesties says: Apr 1, 2014 6:29 PM

    Come on Chicago. Pair him up with Peanut Tillman. Sign him! Come to Chicago Champ!

  17. rubicon202 says: Apr 1, 2014 6:38 PM

    Raider comments always find a way in…Wow even when the article not even about us…LOL.

  18. beerman32 says: Apr 1, 2014 6:41 PM

    Just a more expensive roman Harper at this point.

  19. broncostevenp says: Apr 1, 2014 6:48 PM

    I love this guy. I miss him already.

  20. shinedown37 says: Apr 1, 2014 7:00 PM

    Any team could use his services, I could see him in Seattle, If he wants a ring!

  21. mattryansnoodlearm says: Apr 1, 2014 7:17 PM

    Might as well resign Jabari Greer if we are going to sign this old fart.

  22. badmoonrison says: Apr 1, 2014 7:19 PM

    Its amazing how much other fans find a way to bring the Raiders into the convo at every oppty. Jealous much guys?

  23. joro5551 says: Apr 1, 2014 7:21 PM

    Class act, unfortunately father time is undefeated

  24. mattryansnoodlearm says: Apr 1, 2014 7:22 PM

    @badmoonrison Why would anyone be jealous of the Raiders man…

  25. vikingworldorder says: Apr 1, 2014 7:28 PM

    Vikings should sign him

  26. pfic15 says: Apr 1, 2014 7:41 PM

    Sick of hearing about Seattle. Just because you guys just got a franchise in 06 and happened to win a SB this year doesn’t mean anything. 9/10 of the ripped off 12th man won’t get it.

  27. garrison1981 says: Apr 1, 2014 7:42 PM

    What’s his price? If low enough would be art for Det to at least give visit. The leadership n things he could show our young DB’s would be huge!

  28. crewchief15 says: Apr 1, 2014 7:43 PM

    I thinks he’s done, but could be a good back-up vet on a young team for cheap.

  29. teek77 says: Apr 1, 2014 8:00 PM

    The Panthers could use a vet on the corner for a couple of years. Even with his age, he would be a step up from Munnerlyn.

  30. oldcracker says: Apr 1, 2014 8:16 PM

    I’d like to see him with the 49ers, especially if they draft secondary help this year. He won’t costs much but can bring a lot of intangibles to the table. I think signing him makes more sense than signing D. Jackson.

  31. dbara43 says: Apr 1, 2014 8:32 PM

    Why would they want a guy who can’t cover any Seattle receivers? They had enough of those guys last year

  32. robseahawksfan says: Apr 1, 2014 11:24 PM

    pfic15 says:
    Apr 1, 2014 7:41 PM
    Sick of hearing about Seattle. Just because you guys just got a franchise in 06 and happened to win a SB this year doesn’t mean anything. 9/10 of the ripped off 12th man won’t get it.

    We came into the league nine years after you came into the league and still had our first winning season a full ten years before you had your first winning season. Put THAT in your pipe and smoke it!

  33. jcollins9 says: Apr 2, 2014 9:21 AM

    The guy was ALL-PRO 2 years ago. Last year he was injured. He’d fit in well with the Saints.

  34. skippynj says: Apr 2, 2014 11:09 AM

    Too old. with Vaccaro, Byrd and Lewis we may not need a 4th db. Best d backfield in the game and will spank all comers. #failcants #40whiners #cryhawks

  35. southernpatriots says: Apr 2, 2014 11:39 AM

    Loomis knows how to arrange the payouts to avoid cap restrictions. He only has to do this artistry for one more season since the new TV contract will then kick in and raise the cap for each team a large amount.

    Champ would definitely help. I think he really still wants to play and that means much.

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