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Kristian: Does Champ make sense for the Saints?

The Saints continue to kick the tires on free agents, most notably defensive back Champ Bailey. NFL Analyst Mike Detillier told me “He’ll go down as one of the greatest cornerbacks of all time.  The problem is, you're getting the 36 year old Champ.  What do you want him for?”

What do the Saints want him for?  Bailey is an experienced 15 year veteran who’s sure to be Pro Football Hall of Famer when he hangs up the cleats.  The Saints could use Bailey to add some experience to a very young secondary as a niche player for Rob Ryan's defense. “You’re not bringing him to be a starter, you’re bringing him into be that nickel cornerback,” explains Detillier.  

Bailey played in five games last season with the Denver Broncos, hampered by an ankle injury. “He still has some gas left in the tank, I just think at 36, you’re asking a lot for him to hold up 16 games as a starter,” Detillier says.  If the Saints were to ink Bailey, he could come relatively cheap.  New Orleans has $2.2 million dollars under the 2014 salary cap.  Bailey’s veteran minimum contract would be $985,000 on a 1 year deal.  That’s more than affordable.  

I wouldn’t hold my breath on the Saints signing Bailey before the NFL Draft in May.  It sounds like the Saints are doing their homework on some veteran insurance if they miss out on a prospect or two in the draft. One of the more obvious needs for the Black and Gold is at cornerback.  Right now, Keenan Lewis is the starter on one side with Patrick Robinson and Corey White as the two players with the most experience opposite of Lewis.  

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04/02/2014 11:42AM
Kristian: Does Champ make sense for New Orleans?
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04/02/2014 3:01PM
Signing Bailey makes about as much sense as trading Jimmy Graham
Bad move!
04/02/2014 4:42PM
champ Bailey
We need all the help we can get in the secondary good move...
04/02/2014 5:16PM
Why not try out Asante Samuel
04/02/2014 5:17PM
champ Bailey
Yes pay the man
04/02/2014 5:19PM
Will he be a saint this yr
04/02/2014 9:06PM
Elway wouldn't cut him loose if he could help the Broncos
The Broncos are trying to improve their defense after it got ripped in the Super Bowl.
04/02/2014 9:10PM
There's younger and better
Shop around, he's an old man.
04/03/2014 6:15PM
Old guelding
Send to the glue factory
04/04/2014 7:35AM
Forget Champ, keep Bush
Champs best days are behind him, keep Rafael Bush.....no contest here
04/06/2014 4:21AM
Good move
Hurts the cap situation and helps the Falcons with acquiring R. Bush
04/17/2014 1:45AM
R. Bush
I don't think Falcons can get Bush. Saints match their offer.
04/19/2014 12:45PM
Priorities Twisted
Not serious about winning championship, just a stupid move; there must have been a younger far better choice that was cheaper
04/21/2014 5:02PM
old dude
Get the experiance and ill bet old dude gets the job done along with teaching the youngsters
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