The New Orleans Saints and 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey reached a two-year deal Friday afternoon, according to nbcsports.com. Bailey brings immediate veteran leadership to the Saints’ locker room. Bailey may have lost a step or two, but he definitely has a little something left in the tank.
During his extensive career with the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos, Bailey accumulated 925 tackles, 52 interception, 203 passes defended, nine forced fumbles and four touchdowns. Staggering numbers for one of the all-time greats.
While some people may be skeptical because of his age, Darren Sharper was an aged safety, but helped lead the Black and Gold to a Super Bowl after having one of the best seasons of his career at the age of 34. Bailey will be 36 by the time the season kicks off. He may not be the same corner he once was, but Champ can help mold some of these younger guys into more mature, better players.
It will be interesting to see the Saints’ defense go to work in 2014. Keenan Lewis, Kenny Vaccaro, Jairus Byrd and Champ Bailey? Good luck to any challengers who have to face that secondary.