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Champ Bailey

Aug 28, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson (21) and cornerback Champ Bailey (27) and cornerback Keenan Lewis (28) talk on the sideline during the second half of a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Ravens defeated the Saints 22-13. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Let me first say that I absolutely believe that Champ Bailey is an automatic first ballot Hall of Famer when he becomes eligible.

At 36, Champ Bailey was coming off of a disappointing finish in 2013, as the Denver Broncos were pummeled by the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. He’d be released by the club on March 6, 2014.

When Bailey signed with the Saints on April 4, we all bought into the hype of Bailey joining the black and gold. He had a taste of one Super Bowl, and what better contender to land with other than the Saints? I mean, they were heavily favored after all. We all felt that it would be Bailey’s ‘last ride’, but that he had plenty left in the tank to provide for the Saints secondary. After all, he was brought in on a two-year, $7 million contract.

Bailey was cut on August 30, 2014. A minor foot injury would limit Bailey in training camp for nearly three weeks, and we’d see him for a little action during two preseason games. We’d know the rest to come, as Patrick Robinson and Corey White would handle the No. 2 cornerback duties.

Bailey formally announced his retirement from professional football on October 18, 2014.

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