$500,000 guaranteed for Champ Bailey


The Broncos were supposed to pay cornerback Champ Bailey $9 million in 2014.  He’ll make 1/18th of that guaranteed in New Orleans.

Per a league source, NFLPA records reveal that the future Hall of Famer received $500,000 in guaranteed money as part of his two-year deal with the Saints.  Initially reported as being worth “up to” $7 million, the contract pays out a base amount of $1.75 million in 2014 and $2 million in 2015, for a base value of $3.75 million.

To get the base amount in 2014, Bailey must be on the game-day roster for six or more games.  If he is, he gets $250,000.  If not, he will have made $1.5 million in 2014.

In 2015, the Saints owe a $250,000 roster bonus on the fifth day of the league year.  Bailey gets another $250,000 if he’s on the 53-man roster for the first game of the 2015 season.  The base salary is $1.5 million.

The deal also contains $150,000 in incentives per year based on interceptions, and $150,000 per year for Pro Bowl.  He can make $1.2 million in 2014 or 2015 for playing time, and the deal includes a $1.2 million playing-time escalator for 2015.

If the NFLPA numbers are right, that’s a maximum value of $6.75 million, not $7 million.  To get the $6.75 million over two years, Bailey will have to play like the guy who was supposed to make $9 million in the final year of his contract in Denver.

It’s not impossible that he will.  Bailey played very well when healthy in 2013.  The only problem is that he wasn’t healthy for much of the season, due to a foot injury suffered in the preseason.

16 responses to “$500,000 guaranteed for Champ Bailey

  1. …Bailey played very well when healthy in 2013. The only problem is that he wasn’t healthy for much of the season, due to a foot injury suffered in the preseason.

    Wait, what?

    I’ve said he was done 2, maybe 3 years ago. Check out the playoff Ravens loss. Their wideout dropped TWO sure scores against Champ. Throw in those, take away Trinton Holiday’s 2 special team TD’s, it’s a Ravens rout.

    MARK MY WORDS: Champ is done. At any price.

  2. The Aints won a super bowl recently, and won a first round playoff game last year, the “Aints” are in the history books, the SAINTS are good and will be better next year…Champ Bailey could end up coaching defensive backs someday soon and will be like a coach on the field when he’s in the game…

  3. The Saints did well with the contract, given how many games Champ missed last year. They have protected themselves admirably.

    And let’s not forget that Champ rocked as recently as the 2012 season.

  4. Can’t fault the Saints for this signing – might be getting ex value/performance, if not – still a prudent gamble.

  5. this is why every player has to make and save every penny they earn. From the Penthouse to the Outhouse…..ain’t that right Chad Johnson?

  6. Sounds like a fair deal for both sides. Typical Mickey Loomis and Sean Peyton. I hope he has a great year without injury as I expect he will! Geaux Saints.

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