New Orleans Saints Signed Champ Bailey to Two-Year Deal

The New Orleans Saints have dipped into the free agent market in an attempt to upgrade their secondary yet again.  Today it was announced that the Saints signed Champ Bailey to a two-year deal.  The future Hall of Famer and best corner of his generation was released by the Denver Broncos earlier in the off-season.

The 35-year-old is a 12-time Pro Bowler.  He was hampered by a foot injury for most of last season and did not live up to his normal production with the Broncos who looked to replace him by signing Aqib Talib.  The Saints are hoping that a healthy Bailey can return to form in the Superdome.  He may not be the player he was in his prime, but he can still be effective for New Orleans if his health holds up.

The Saints had already made waves in upgrading their secondary, signing free agent safety Jarius Byrd to a mega-deal earlier in the off-season.  While Bailey is considerably older than Byrd, and was not nearly as sought after at this stage of his career, the Saints are hoping that he can add to a defense that struggled to defend the pass last season.

Champ Bailey will likely start opposite Keenan Lewis.  The Saints released their former starting cornerback, Jabari Greer, earlier in the off-season and had been looking for a new starter in the secondary.

 

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