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Saints knock out Champ Bailey among final cuts

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Veteran cornerback Champ Bailey was obviously a shell of himself last year, and now the question will become whether his brilliant career is over.

A league source tells PFT that the Saints have released Bailey, perhaps one of the day’s biggest surprises.

They were clearly in need of someone to shore up the position, and gave him $500,000 guaranteed on a two-year deal. Figuring the 12-time Pro Bowler would add some legitimacy to a shaky secondary, it seemed like a reasonable investment.

Bailey will turn 36 in June, and it’s uncertain if anyone will give him an opportunity, considering how cornerback-needy the Saints were.

The Saints also terminated the contracts of veteran wide receiver Robert Meachem, linebacker Keyunta Dawson, kicker Shayne Graham and tackle Thomas Welch, while waiving center Matt ArmstrongDerrius Brookscornerback Brandon Colemanlinebacker Todd Daviskicker Derek Dimkecornerback Terrence Frederickwide receiver Charles Hawkinstight end Nic Jacobsguard Marcel Joneswide receiver Seantavious Jones, tackle Tavon Rooksrunning back Derrick StrozierLawrence Virgilcornerback Trevin Wadesafety Pierre Warren and guard Jason Weaver.

That leaves them with no kickers at the moment, but there are a number of viable veterans on the market.

 

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34 Responses to “Saints knock out Champ Bailey among final cuts”
  1. raji1824 says: Aug 30, 2014 4:05 PM

    I see jets smelling something.

  2. mtg9287 says: Aug 30, 2014 4:07 PM

    Sooo who is going to be the kicker now??

  3. bcajun says: Aug 30, 2014 4:07 PM

    Connor Barth?

  4. babyphife says: Aug 30, 2014 4:07 PM

    Champ to the Jets…..they signed ed reed, ty law, steve atwater, and ronnie lott at the end of their careers….perfect it

  5. largent80100 says: Aug 30, 2014 4:08 PM

    In before Cowboys pick him up.

    Champ should retire and earn his deserved ticket to the HOF sooner.

  6. 34defense2014 says: Aug 30, 2014 4:09 PM

    Watch Rex well pick him up lol if he plays Safety? Cool, if not, I really hope they don’t sign him as a Corner’

  7. largent80100 says: Aug 30, 2014 4:12 PM

    Just see that they cut both kickers.

    Cairo Santos coming back to the Superdome if the Chiefs decide for Succop?

  8. sidepull says: Aug 30, 2014 4:21 PM

    See ya Chump

  9. sportsfan18 says: Aug 30, 2014 4:25 PM

    “Bailey will turn 36 in June”

    Uh, since its late August, his turning 36 in June has no bearing as he’d be 35 all this regular season and for the playoffs.

    But, scratch all that because Champ IS already 36 yrs old…

  10. jdphx says: Aug 30, 2014 4:25 PM

    Isn’t Barth still in Tampa?

    Feely, Bironas, Akers, Henery, Lindell, Hartley, Hopkins?

  11. kegowhisky says: Aug 30, 2014 4:32 PM

    The Redskins cut kicker Zach Hocker after a battle for the job with Kai Forbath. Hocker has one heck of a leg and can probably kick the ball through the back of the Superdome. Marriage made in heaven?

  12. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 30, 2014 4:35 PM

    Useless. Should have retired 5 years ago.

  13. mylionsroaring says: Aug 30, 2014 4:36 PM

    If you have one more year come play for the Lions, maybe you can show the young guys some tricks on covering

  14. azwildcats96 says: Aug 30, 2014 4:45 PM

    I’d love to see him come back to Denver to be a player/coach for a year and transition into coaching secondary full-time after that. Who wouldn’t want to learn from one of the best ever.

  15. nehxas says: Aug 30, 2014 5:02 PM

    I hope the Jets get Meachem not Bailey.

  16. gregw2011 says: Aug 30, 2014 5:04 PM

    snyder bring him back!

  17. philwauke says: Aug 30, 2014 5:13 PM

    Dimke won the job

  18. bucsorbust says: Aug 30, 2014 5:16 PM

    I hope they do pick up Barth. He served the Bucs well, but let’s face it: He tore he Achilles apparently at an unauthorized event and was out all last year. He was never known for distance anyway, and frankly, distance is what the Saints need (in close Brees can just get it done). Which is why I hope they pick Barth up!

  19. 87hollywoodhorn says: Aug 30, 2014 5:17 PM

    Kind of a bummer for the whodats, but lets be real we were kidding ourselves that this fossil could run with the young stunners in the league.
    Everytime somebody stepped on Champ foot, he was whining and taking the day off. Fact!

  20. staffordsyear says: Aug 30, 2014 5:38 PM

    Great Career.

  21. rayjay9393 says: Aug 30, 2014 6:09 PM

    should have retired 2 years ago.
    Good Luck Champ

  22. natelan says: Aug 30, 2014 6:17 PM

    I hope Meachum saved some of that Charger money.

  23. crawfish2011 says: Aug 30, 2014 6:23 PM

    Champ Bailey was drafted in 1999 –he’s done! He will be eligible for social security in 2 years.

  24. bobby927 says: Aug 30, 2014 6:23 PM

    Won’t you go home Chump Bailey. Won’t you go home.

  25. tushymcspankspank says: Aug 30, 2014 6:26 PM

    well, having a name like “Sentavious” lol

  26. drunkraider says: Aug 30, 2014 7:03 PM

    If they raiders dont bring him in they are dumber than i thought.

    even at 36 he is better than both of the starting corners the raiders are going with right now.

  27. JSpicoli says: Aug 30, 2014 7:12 PM

    Not a Hall of Famer like everyone who watches ESPN has been brain washed to think.

  28. ariani1985 says: Aug 30, 2014 7:32 PM

    Champ gate!

  29. filthymcfunny1 says: Aug 30, 2014 7:52 PM

    He might be old enough to join the packers!

  30. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 30, 2014 8:00 PM

    He should be renamed to Chump Bailey. It was hard to watch him the last two post seasons the Broncos were in when he got burned by either Doug Baldwin or Torrey Smith. He had a decent career but will be known as the guy who got torched by Jacoby Jones and Torrey Smith.

  31. 34defense2014 says: Aug 30, 2014 9:15 PM

    @mtg9287 That kid the Jets let go.

  32. doe22us says: Aug 30, 2014 11:14 PM

    In reality Champ was done when Torrey decided to take his lunch, nothing to see here folks.

  33. ytrappin504 says: Aug 31, 2014 12:14 AM

    Good Shane graham sucks anyways

  34. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 31, 2014 3:02 AM

    Durability would’ve been a constant issue. I just couldn’t see him lasting an entire season.

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