New Orleans, LA, United States (4E Sports) – The New Orleans Saints have loaded their roster with a likely Hall of Famer in Champ Bailey, one of the NFL’s all-time great cornerbacks.
Bailey, 35, agreed to a two-year deal with have a maximum value of $7 million.
The 6-foot, 192-pounder is the same age as Saints quarterback Drew Brees, giving New Orleans a highly probable Hall of Famer on each side of the ball.
“We are excited to be able to add a future Hall of Fame player with the addition of Champ Bailey,” said Saints general manager Mickey Loomis.
Bailey has 52 interceptions in a 15-year career spent with the Broncos and Washington Redskins. He just appeared in his first Super Bowl with the Broncos this past season.
The Broncos decided to let Bailey go as he was set for $10 million against their salary cap this season and his skills have started to show signs of decline.
Last year, Bailey played in a career-low five regular-season games because of the injury before returning for the playoffs.
But the 12-time Pro Bowler is said to be healthy after being plagued by a foot injury last season.
“I’m excited,” said Bailey. “… I’m still hungry. I’ve still got that drive to go out
there and be the best and that’s why I’m still putting them on, and the Saints gave me an opportunity. I’m going to try to be a part of something special.”
Bailey will compete for a starting job in New Orleans opposite Keenan Lewis, the team’s No. 1 cornerback.
But he announced earlier this year that he would consider switching to safety if needed.