Saints release Champ Bailey

IanHenson
SB Nation

Former Denver Broncos great Champ Bailey has been released by the New Orleans Saints.

One of Champ Bailey's rougher years in his career has seemingly piqued with his release from the New Orleans Saints:


Bailey was brought into Dove Valley in early March, told of his release and supposedly not even offered any type of contract renegotiation. He was signed by New Orleans, where he wasn't able to get his number 24 jersey number and spent most of training camp injured.

His statistics this preseason left much to be desired:

WK

Game Date

Opp

Result

G

GS

Comb

Total

Ast

Sck

SFTY

PDef

Int

Yds

Avg

Lng

TDs

FF

1

8-Aug

@ STL

W 26-24

0

0

0

--

--

--

--

--

--

--

0

--

--

--

2

15-Aug

TEN

W 31-24

0

0

0

--

--

--

--

--

--

--

0

--

--

--

3

23-Aug

@ IND

W 23-17

1

0

1

0

1

0

--

0

--

--

0

--

--

0

4

28-Aug

BAL

L 13-22

1

1

1

1

0

0

--

0

--

--

0

--

--

0

TOTAL

2

1

2

1

--

0

0

0

0

0

--

0

0

0


Bailey participated in two games this preseason and started in Week Four, only notching 3 total tackles.

For his career, Bailey should be a first ballot Hall of Famer:

Year

Team

G

Comb

Total

Ast

Sck

SFTY

PDef

Int

TDs

Yds

Avg

Lng

2013

Denver Broncos

5

14

12

2

0

--

3

--

--

--

0

--

2012

Denver Broncos

16

66

61

5

0

--

9

2

0

18

9

18

2011

Denver Broncos

13

39

35

4

0

--

10

2

0

0

0

0

2010

Denver Broncos

15

45

41

4

1

--

13

2

0

0

0

0

2009

Denver Broncos

16

74

63

11

0

--

15

3

0

18

6

11

2008

Denver Broncos

9

44

39

5

1

--

3

1

0

0

0

0

2007

Denver Broncos

15

84

71

13

0

--

14

3

0

3

1

3

2006

Denver Broncos

16

85

73

12

0

0

11

10

1

162

16.2

70T

2005

Denver Broncos

14

64

59

5

0

0

15

8

2

139

17.4

65T

2004

Denver Broncos

16

81

68

13

0

--

9

3

0

0

0

0

2003

Washington Redskins

16

71

67

4

0

--

7

2

0

2

1

2

2002

Washington Redskins

16

68

62

6

0

--

19

3

0

2

0.7

2

2001

Washington Redskins

16

50

48

2

0

--

14

3

0

17

5.7

12

2000

Washington Redskins

16

--

--

--

0

0

0

5

0

48

9.6

48

1999

Washington Redskins

16

--

--

--

1

0

0

5

1

55

11

59T

TOTAL

215

785

699

86

3

0

142

52

4

464

--

70


It just does not get much better than that for a cornerback in his career. Bailey, always the professional will be missed by Broncos fans.

Will he signed by another team, or does his countdown to the Broncos Ring of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame start now? Either way...

A Mile High Salute for Champ!

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