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Saints sign Champ Bailey for two years

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The Saints must think Champ Bailey has a little something left.

The veteran cornerback has agreed to a two-year contract with the Saints, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com.

The 35-year-old corner lends some experience to the Saints secondary, though he’ll need to prove himself healthy to be valuable.

A foot injury made him appear to be a shell of his former self last year, leading the Broncos to cut the 12-time Pro Bowler.

He had expressed a willingness to play some safety but that’s not a need in New Orleans, after they signed Jairus Byrd to pair with Kenny Vaccaro.

The Saints need some help opposite Keenan Lewis after releasing Jabari Greer this offseason, so they obviously think Bailey still has something left.

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43 Responses to “Saints sign Champ Bailey for two years”
  1. thevikesarebest says: Apr 4, 2014 3:29 PM

    Harrison smith>your safety.SKOL

  2. joeflaccoallday says: Apr 4, 2014 3:29 PM

    Nice signing. Might not be his old self but can provide depth and leadership. Saints back 4: Keenan Lewis, Champ Bailey, Jarius Byrd, Kenny Vaccarro. Like this.

  3. believeland2014 says: Apr 4, 2014 3:32 PM

    Good signing and im not a saints fan, i think rob ryan will move champ bailey around and play him in nickel down coverages and plus he has good safetys over the top to help him out now.

  4. tolan04 says: Apr 4, 2014 3:33 PM

    Byrds tackles will increase on account of all the burnage champ will take

  5. keepongronking says: Apr 4, 2014 3:34 PM

    Rob Ryan loves to play three safety packages in long passing down situations, and signing champ should give him a solid veteran replacement for Rafael Bush, should he leave

  6. uptjeff says: Apr 4, 2014 3:35 PM

    Saints are going to be nasty next year.

  7. BigBlueDomination2014 says: Apr 4, 2014 3:36 PM

    His name may be Champ, but his only chance of getting a ring would’ve been by begging the Giants for a 1 yr vet minimum deal

  8. patsfan1820 says: Apr 4, 2014 3:36 PM

    That Saints secondary looks scary.

  9. greenwhodat26 says: Apr 4, 2014 3:45 PM

    Champ-ion ship!!!

  10. laxman1944 says: Apr 4, 2014 3:47 PM

    Great signing, just what a half decent defense needs. A 35 yr old corner who literally can’t run anymore

  11. princeopus says: Apr 4, 2014 3:48 PM

    they’re going to trade up for lean now

  12. pettytom says: Apr 4, 2014 3:55 PM

    On paper looks great. I have a similar feel for this signing as I did when Peppers signed in GB. Would have been great 5 years ago but present day, Idk? I will say this though. A healthy 35yo Bailey is leap and bounds better than Corey White and Patrick Robinson.

  13. dirtybird70 says: Apr 4, 2014 3:55 PM

    LOL Champ is washed up. I LOVE this signing. Now lets get some Bush in Atlanta to play along with Cox, Johnson and Peters!

  14. billbrasky72 says: Apr 4, 2014 3:59 PM

    I like Champ, but he’s WAY past his prime. Bet he gets cut before the season starts.

  15. chawk12thman says: Apr 4, 2014 4:04 PM

    Champ is not the same as in past years, but happy for him. Good signing and likely will be a good back up, role player, mentor.

  16. gunshiplollipop says: Apr 4, 2014 4:06 PM

    That kind of proven experience can do wonders for the younger players on the Saints D. Smart signing.

  17. mrlaloosh says: Apr 4, 2014 4:07 PM

    Amusing that a loser Atlanta fan is chiming in. Get used to top 5 picks in the home of the sphincter.

  18. gunshiplollipop says: Apr 4, 2014 4:09 PM

    Not to mention Drew will get to match wits with a fellow future HOF in practice now. That can’t hurt.

  19. trollhammer20 says: Apr 4, 2014 4:12 PM

    Guy got toasted in the SB by Doug Baldwin, who is a helluva tough WR, but he’s not exactly Mister Blazing Speed.

    As a third/backup safety, not a bad pickup, but if you want him covering one-on-one on the outside….good luck with that.

  20. soundslikeatypicalbastard says: Apr 4, 2014 4:13 PM

    If Champ stays healthy and plays anywhere near his former self, the Saints defensive backfield will be unbelievable. No one wanted to throw at Keenan Lewis last season, so having to choose between him or a well-functioing Bailey will be a nightmare for a QB, especially with Byrd playing center field.

    But, if Champ isn’t healthy, or plays like he did last year, then this will prove to be a goofy signing.

    We’ll see. If he signed cheap, it’s worth the risk.

  21. slick50ks says: Apr 4, 2014 4:14 PM

    How did this old, way past his prime dead weight get away from the current faider rebuild?

    Wake up Reggie!

  22. ariani1985 says: Apr 4, 2014 4:15 PM

    Who is chump Bailey?

  23. hanspard says: Apr 4, 2014 4:20 PM

    Great player, but he’s done.

  24. ghlatty says: Apr 4, 2014 4:20 PM

    He’s gonna be our new Vilma. Not much gas left in the tank but a great locker room and mentoring addition.

  25. areyouseriousrofl says: Apr 4, 2014 4:28 PM

    You have to keep in mind, Champ just went from $10 mil per year to Vet minimum (or close to it). He well understands that his role is certainly diminished. This signing is about leadership and development of others. He is depth at best, and won’t be starting. However, with Lewis covering the #1s, and Byrd over the top, all we need is a mediocre corner on that side anyway, so maybe he will start.

    Great signing.

  26. silentcount says: Apr 4, 2014 4:30 PM

    Wow, Saints go from worst defense to 4th best and now to first! Seahawks will get killed in New Orleans if they even make it to the playoffs.

  27. baltimoresnativeson says: Apr 4, 2014 4:32 PM

    Is he coaching the secondary?

  28. grimreaper12 says: Apr 4, 2014 4:50 PM

    New Orleans is only good at home. On the road, they’re mediocre at best.

  29. boobsmcgoo says: Apr 4, 2014 4:50 PM

    Hopefully he will provide what Darren Sharper provided a few years ago….without all the raping, of course.

  30. kimbo71006 says: Apr 4, 2014 4:53 PM

    Great signing, just what a half decent defense needs. A 35 yr old corner who literally can’t run anymore.

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    The Saints ended 2013 with a #4 defense out of 32 teams. If that’s “half decent”, then I want some of what you’re smoking.

    To go from #32 to #4 in ONE SEASON…that’s more than half decent, but I wouldn’t expect the haters to give us our due.

    WHO DAT GONNA SHINE THIS YEAR!!

    GEAUX Saints!!

  31. kimbo71006 says: Apr 4, 2014 4:54 PM

    LOL Champ is washed up. I LOVE this signing. Now lets get some Bush in Atlanta to play along with Cox, Johnson and Peters!

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    You need MORE than Bush to fix what’s wrong in Atlanta.

    But you can dream…right?

  32. rushbacker says: Apr 4, 2014 5:08 PM

    Denver fan here. Champ’s the best defensive player to ever wear our jersey, and the definition of a class act and consummate professional. He needs to play closer to the LOS to be effective at this point, ala Charles Woodson at the end of his Packer days, but Champ still has elite instincts and solid athleticism– he can help a team in the right role, and is a top-notch addition to any locker room. Wish the guy all the best, it was a true pleasure to watch such an absolute craftsman ply his trade for so long. It kills me that we couldn’t get him a ring, no one deserves one more.

  33. saints12013 says: Apr 4, 2014 5:10 PM

    What a bunch of negative Nelly’s. The reason he looked washed up is because of a foot injury. Last time I checked the game of football requires one to have to run. You can’t run with a bad foot. Ask Jimmy Graham about having a foot injury and how hard it is to run. And he’s only what, 26 ??? Champ had a great year in 2012, so there is no reason he can’t return to form in 2014. We’re not talking about an average football player. This guy is a Hall Of Famer…..

  34. saints12013 says: Apr 4, 2014 5:15 PM

    Falcons fans delusional as usual…………..

  35. saints12013 says: Apr 4, 2014 5:21 PM

    New Orleans is only good at home. On the road, their mediocre at best. Ya, we’re so mediocre that we went into Philly in the playoffs and pretty much shut down the # 2 ranked offense in the NFL.

  36. bcajun says: Apr 4, 2014 5:31 PM

    Whats funny i

  37. drunkwino says: Apr 4, 2014 5:44 PM

    Fun fact:.the picks that Washington used to draft Bailey came from Dikta’s Disaster, the Ricky Williams trade.

  38. luvmnsports2012 says: Apr 4, 2014 6:14 PM

    Good signing by the saints! I think Champs still got some left in the tank plus great veteran experience. Wish he woulda signed with the Vikes, he could have added a lot to our D, lord knows we need it! Good signing saints! SKOL VIKES!!!

  39. slick50ks says: Apr 4, 2014 7:08 PM

    saints12013 says:
    Apr 4, 2014 5:10 PM
    What a bunch of negative Nelly’s. The reason he looked washed up is because of a foot injury. Last time I checked the game of football requires one to have to run. You can’t run with a bad foot. Ask Jimmy Graham about having a foot injury and how hard it is to run. And he’s only what, 26 ??? Champ had a great year in 2012, so there is no reason he can’t return to form in 2014. We’re not talking about an average football player. This guy is a Hall Of Famer

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    He had a foot injury the last 5 years? Because that’s how long he’s been terrible.

  40. eddiek77 says: Apr 4, 2014 7:18 PM

    To watch Champ get burned over and over at the Super Bowl was very telling about where he is at this point in his career. I’m sure offensive coordinators everywhere are just ‘champing’ at the bit to throw at Bailey’s way.

  41. raiderapologist says: Apr 4, 2014 8:17 PM

    slick50ks says: Apr 4, 2014 4:14 PM

    How did this old, way past his prime dead weight get away from the current faider rebuild?
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    Bailey could cover every garbage receiver on the Choke roster by himself.

  42. kingbrees9 says: Apr 5, 2014 1:21 AM

    Even though champ has regressed he is a lot better then most of the young corners we have if we can just draft one good corner and add depth to our pass rush we could be a #1 defense . Now we should focus on finding some new receivers

  43. raiders4ever says: Apr 5, 2014 1:43 AM

    Bailey got burned for 3 long touchdows in 1 game vs Jerry Porter and the Raiders back in 2002 …the guy is a fossil his best days have been past him for a decade now …i dont think he will be on the field that much or else hes going miss tackles or get burned again…just reality not guessing

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