Posted: 10:39 pm Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Broncos to cut Champ Bailey, should Falcons sign him? 

By Jeff Schultz

Champ Bailey was limited in regular season by foot injury but played in playoffs.

Champ Bailey was limited in regular season by foot injury but played in playoffs.

The Denver Broncos plan to cut Champ Bailey, according to multiple reports.

Is it time for the Falcons to bring him home?

Bailey, the former consensus All-American at Georgia and a native of Charlton County, played in only five regular season games for the Broncos because of a foot injury. But returned for Denver’s postseason run to the Super Bowl. The Broncos have told him they plan to release him, which had been expected. The 35-year-old is near the end of his career, but he says he has no plans to retire. His release will save Denver $10 million on the salary cap.

This might be a move worth exploring for the Falcons. Bailey is long past his days as a shut down cornerback and a Pro Bowler (he played in 12). But he’s still capable of playing in formations that use five or six defensive backs and his presence could be a significant benefit for the team’s young starting cornerbacks, Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford.

The Falcons are expected to release starting free safety Thomas DeCoud. They’re expected to make other moves on defense over the next several weeks, including adding at least one defensive back, a linebacker, and one or two defensive linemen in free agency and the draft.

Is this a move worth making for the Falcons?

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121 comments
Redfin
Redfin

Not no........but Hell No.....Why waste money on a worn out /  over the hill  ex-bulldog?   You'd be better off with a healthy-bodied rookie.

BrownianMotion
BrownianMotion

great! sign more over the hill castoffs from other teams if they have a "big name!"  bRILLIANT---to the super bowl!!!

GT71
GT71

Oh, yeah!  And find and sign Fran Tarkenton and George Blanda while you are at it.

More none-stories and cognitive disfunction on the AJC sports staff.

Who hands out writing assignments at that place?  Or did Jeff just snatch this from the thin air in his cubicle.

Champ Bailey...it is to laugh.

dgroy
dgroy

Naw, he's done, just like Murray's gonna be.

DCDirtyBird
DCDirtyBird

Bringing in Champ on a base salary only deal is a can't lose proposition. We need corners, particularly ones that tackle. Bring him in, if he can't play slot or free, cut him before his salary is guaranteed. Last year we came into the season thin on veteran back ups and it cost us. I'm not a fan of going into next season relying on a bunch of rookies and second year UDFA.

CurtXez
CurtXez

Can't understand why he would even be considered, except for the fact that the Falcons have a history of overpaying for free agents. Has anyone noticed that this year's draft is stacked, perhaps the best in many years? I suggest pick the best player available and make the cap your friend. You don't want to end up like the Cowboys, do you?

Flacons_go_2-14
Flacons_go_2-14

Seem leik a prety dumm idea so U just no Dummytroff will do it. 

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

Falcons need to move up & sign Clowney.

FarTrain
FarTrain

Why not?   The Braves are real good at signing old, washed-up players, so why not the Falcons?  The retirement homes in ATL love it.    (OK, so I exaggerated a bit, but you get the point)

RugbyDawg
RugbyDawg

Great debate and arguments are made on this site. I literally get dumber by the second looking at the comments section on the AJC. Thanks!

BrownianMotion
BrownianMotion

maybe thomas can trade a bunch of draft picks to get him!!!

Esquire
Esquire

Yeah, just like we should re-sign Vick.

Bill72
Bill72

Big time Dawg fan here but the answer is as a coaching assistant yes....player no.   The Seahawks exposed Champ's diminishing skills and speed big time in the Super Bowl.   With today's younger, bigger and faster receivers, its time for the 35 year old Champ to hang it up as a player.  Damn Good Dawg!

Obama_Joke
Obama_Joke

So pathetic how the AJC panders to Dwag fans. 

JSSN
JSSN

Champ Bailey's agent needs to be pleading with Mike Brown in Cincinnati for a spot in that backline!


AtlantaStu
AtlantaStu

(A) Champ Bailey is a CB. We already have 2 starting CB's
(B) Champ is not a Safety, so using him  there makes no sense
(C) Atlanta doesn't have that much Cap room to play with
(D) Spending that much money on a dime back is crazy
(E) I can think of 7 other positions that need to be filled first (C, OG, OT, LB, DE, DT, FS)
(F) Champ has one step in retirement, and the other on a banana peel
Take your pick on why the Falcons should say NO! What a ludicrous suggestion. 

Rhetoric
Rhetoric

They should attempt to sign him if the price is right. He would be

an improvement over DeCoud.

Kennyd_va
Kennyd_va

Champ is father time and need retire.  I hope TD do't have Champ in mnd of making him a Falcon.  Just like Samuel, father time.   Go young or get a Vet with more TRAVELING MILES.   RISE UP ! !!!!!!!

atlantaismycity
atlantaismycity

Hell no!!! Why bring in Champ Bailey when we just cut Asanti.  Even if Champ is cheap, we would be wise to spend that money elsewhere, maybe another special teams player.  Champ won't we playing any special teams.  It was a great one, but Champ's career is over.

PeachtreeBart
PeachtreeBart

They should talk Jason Snelling into staying and use him more often before considering signing a guy who really does need to retire.   

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

When are Falcons going cut Decoud, save 3mil against cap.


Jairus Byrd 5year  35mill


GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GSU93
GSU93

Only if they can get him cheap.  He'd definitely be a good situational CB and a great veteran to have to teach the young guys.

BooBooBear
BooBooBear

Chump Bailey is going to need someone to walk him around so he doesn't get lost, when he turns 45, ala Cassius Clay.  He made the sacrifice of his brain for the Denver Broncos and GA Bullies. Too late to get him to pretend he is an alpha ram on "impress the ewes day."

seminoleking
seminoleking

why? we couldnt keep asante if we needed veteran leadership back there. no, go cut decoud and go get byrd..

Whiznot
Whiznot

Go young or go home.

BigHittas
BigHittas

Stooopid to think about signing Champ. We just let Samuel go??? Why would we sign anoter slowed veteran?


CUT DaCOUPE!! He's always out of position and would have a hard time tackling my grandma if she was totin' tha pill!!!

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

Sure, sign Champ. Bring in Deion Sanders for the other side. Is Jack Tatum still around to play safety?

JaySly
JaySly

sign young players, not over the hill veterans!

OneRyder
OneRyder

Naah, I don't think he can bring much to table at this point. Sure, he might be a great nickel back, but you can draft a rookie who fills the same need.  Get Jairus Byrd from Buffalo, soon to be free agent. Top 3 safety. Then get some solid rookie CBs in the draft. Byrd and Moore would gives us on of top Safety combos. Pricey, but Seahawks used this formula. They found Sherman in draft, but he's backed up by two of best safeties in the business. 


Champ Bailey should be an afterthought. But not a CB we should depend on.

AntoineFord
AntoineFord

In all seriousness, it would be sad to see him try to run with the young guys on that fast turf.

AntoineFord
AntoineFord

Maybe we could trade a draft pick for a Champ/Brooking package.  A good tryout would be to see if they could cover Joe Horn, another former Falcons wash-up.

JSSN
JSSN

@PeachtreeBart  

Snelling is going to be like Browner in Seattle. He needs to worry about his court date.

mar1049
mar1049

@BooBooBear


I see people still have problems with calling this man by his rightful name. Obviously you got issues with one great football player out of Georgia and one of the greatest heavyweight boxers in history.

BigHittas
BigHittas

I'm serious. I think on the goalline, my grandma could drop a shoulder and run right through DaCoupe for the score.

Whiznot
Whiznot

@DawgDadII Tatum had both legs amputated due to diabetes. Still, he might be an upgrade.

DCDirtyBird
DCDirtyBird

@AtlantaStu The we will receive $7 mil in cap relief if/when Tony G submits his retirement paperwork. According to DLed, we should have close to $26 mil to work with...especially if Decoud is cut.