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24 Champ Bailey DB
Height/Weight: 6-0/192 | Birthdate: 6/22/1978 | Birthplace: Folkston, GA, USA | Team: New Orleans | College: Georgia | NFL Experience: 16 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 307.00
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Champ Bailey will stay at cornerback


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) New Saints acquisition Champ Bailey will play cornerback, general manager Mickey Loomis told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "You always have a need for good players, and that's a valuable position," Loomis said.

Bailey reportedly was willing to move to safety if asked.


Champ Bailey agrees to terms with Saints


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2014) Cornerback Champ Bailey agreed to a two-year contract with the Saints, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. A foot injury limited the future Hall of Famer to five games with the Broncos last year.

Champ Bailey visiting Saints


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) Former Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey is visiting the Saints, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bailey has a visit lined up with another team if he doesn't reach a deal with New Orleans, the report said.


Champ Bailey could be 'steadying influence' for 49ers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) With cornerback Chris Culliver facing multiple charges from an alleged hit-and-run accident, the 49ers would be wise to consider signing 35-year-old Champ Bailey, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. "Bailey is open to playing safety, and the 49ers love versatility," the report said, adding Bailey could be a "steadying influence" on a secondary that also lost Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers.


'Strong possibility' Falcons will reach out to Champ Bailey


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) There is a "strong possibility" the Falcons will look into signing Champ Bailey, if the 35-year-old is willing to play nickel corner, reports ESPN.com. The Broncos released Bailey, creating $10 million in cap space.

Bailey played his college ball at the University of Georgia and is revered in the state.


Champ Bailey willing to play safety


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/6/2014) In the wake of Champ Bailey's eventual release from the Broncos, the veteran said he's open to playing safety in order to continue his NFL career. 

Denver doesn't want to pay him $9 million for 2014, so the 35-year-old is willing to move on and even play a new position in the defensive secondary. 

"I just want to see what people will want me to do,"Bailey told USA Today. "My vision is to still play corner, but I'm a little more open-minded about the season I had last year. I'm a corner at heart. If a situation made sense to play safety, then I would consider it."


Champ Bailey to be a cap casualty


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2014) The Broncos are set to release defensive back Champ Bailey Thursday, according to CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. The veteran corner's release will open up $10 million on the team's salary cap, coming off a season that saw the 35-year-old finish with just 14 tackles and no interceptions in five games. 

LaCanfora: Champ Bailey will get new deal


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/18/2014) Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey is expected to get a new contract in the near future to restructure his deal, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason LaCanfora.

LaCanfora reports that there's "no way" Bailey is making $9 million in 2014, which would cost the Broncos $10 million against the cap. LaCanfora writes that the Broncos will look to sign him to a lesser deal at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Bailey played in just five games in 2013 with 14 tackles and no interceptions. It was the first time in his career he failed to record an interception.


Champ Bailey, Tony Carter exposed in Super Bowl


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2014) With cornerback Chris Harris sidelined by a torn ACL, Broncos corners Champ Bailey and Tony Carter got exposed in the Super Bowl. Carter gave up a perfect 158.3 passer rating on passes thrown to his coverage area, while Bailey yielded a 115.6 rating, according to Pro Football Focus.

Carter also was called for pass interference in the end zone, leading to a Seattle touchdown. Only corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie held up, allowing a 72.9 rating.


Champ Bailey wants to keep playing, open to move to safety


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2014) Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said after the Super Bowl that he wants to keep playing, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The 35-year-old added he's open to playing safety.

Bailey got burned badly by receiver Doug Baldwin in the loss to the Seahawks and likely will have to take a big pay cut to return.


Champ Bailey addresses Broncos


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2014) Cornerback Champ Bailey, the longest-tenured member of the Broncos, was chosen to speak to the team Saturday night, reports NFL.com. Bailey, 35, is in his 10th season with the team.

Bailey told his teammates to "make the game bigger than just yourself," that the Super Bowl is "about the team, about everyone," the report said. Bailey will be playing in his first Super Bowl.


Peyton Manning: Champ Bailey will retire before moving


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2014) Peyton Manning has weighed in on the possible move to safety for aging cornerback and Broncos teammate Champ Bailey. The quarterback believes it will never happen.

"He'll stop playing when he can't be a cornerback anymore," Manning told USA Today.

Bailey seemed to confirm the view of his former SEC rival.

"Most corners at my age either retire, stink it up or they move to safety," Bailey said. "History says that's the way it plays out. ... I'm not going to be running a 4.1 like I did when I was 22 but I also know I'm a lot smarter. I've got a lot more experience, and I still play corner. I'm not going to move anywhere any time soon."


Champ Bailey not eager to move to safety


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2014) Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said he's not looking to move to safety any time soon.

Bailey said most aging cornerbacks either "retire, stink it up or move to safety." He added that he doesn't want to do any of those things. Bailey is under contract for one more season before his contract expires with the Broncos. He played in just five games due to injuries this season. 


Champ Bailey says trade to Broncos was best part of his career


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said his trade to the club is the "best thing to happen to [his] career."

Bailey spent the first five years of his career with Washington, but was dealt for Clinton Portis in 2004. He's been with Denver for the past 10 seasons. Bailey is in the final year of his deal, and is making his first appearance in the Super Bowl.


Champ Bailey dismisses retirement talk


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2014) Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey, a 12-time Pro Bowler, said he'll keep playing "'til I can't, 'til I don't like it," reports Newsday. Bailey, 35, will appear in his first Super Bowl next Sunday against the Seahawks.

Champ Bailey grateful to be in the Super Bowl


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2014) Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey is happy to finally be in the Super Bowl, according to Broncos.com.

As a player, Bailey refused to attend the game since he wasn’t playing in it. He said he has no idea how his emotions will be heading into the game. Bailey has the support of all his teammates, according to head coach John Fox. “There are a lot of guys in that (locker) room (for whom) it means a lot to them because it means a lot to him,” Fox said. Bailey tried to downplay his importance, saying “I love the respect and everything my teammates give me, but it’s not about me.” Bailey started just three regular season games this year, picking up 14 total tackles.


Champ Bailey fine with Richard Sherman


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2014) Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey expressed nothing but praise for controversial Seahawks counterpart Richard Sherman as the teams prepare for the Super Bowl.

Bailey called Sherman a "good player" and added, "I've noticed myself watching him more this year," per Fox Sports 1. "I don't have a problem with his personality."

Sherman created a stir after the NFL title game with his rants against 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.


Champ Bailey starting in place of Chris Harris


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2014) The Broncos' Champ Bailey will start at left corner in place of the injured Chris Harris in the AFC Championship Game, reports the Denver Post. Tony Carter will enter in nickel packages.

Champ Bailey: I won't be limited on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2014) Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said a foot injury that prevented him from playing most of the season will not limit his time on the field Sunday against New England in the AFC title game. An ACL injury that has knocked starter Chris Harris out should result in Bailey playing more.

"(The pitch count) doesn't exist this week," Bailey told USA Today. "Whatever it takes. ... I'm ready for whatever they want me to do. That is the way I prepare."

The 15-year veteran played in a career-low five games this season.


Most Broncos' probables suit up


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Most of the Broncos listed as probable are active for the game vs. the Chargers, including cornerback Champ Bailey (shoulder), safety Duke Ihenacho (concussion), offensive tackle Winston Justice (finger), center Steve Vallos (concussion) and cornerback Kayvon Webster (thumb).

Nine of 10 injured Broncos probable for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2014) The Broncos have placed 10 players on their injury report for their Sunday playoff game against San Diego, but all but defensive end Derek Wolfe (illness) are probable. Wolfe will not play.

The offensive probables include quarterback Peyton Manning (ankle) and wideout Wes Welker (concussion). The others are tight end Joel Dreessen (knee) and offensive linemen Steve Vallos (concussion), Chris Kuper (ankle) and tackle Winston Justice (finger).

The defensive probables are defensive backs Kayvon Webster (thumb), Champ Bailey (shoulder) and Duke Ihenacho (concussion).


Four Broncos healthy enough to play


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2013) Broncos defensive back Champ Bailey (foot), tight end Joel Dreessen (knee), wide receiver Trindon Holliday (shoulder) and offensive lineman Winston Justice (finger), who were listed as probable on Friday's injury report, are all active for Week 16 at Houston.

Broncos place nine probables on Friday injury report


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) The Broncos have listed nine players as probable for Sunday against Houston. Included on the list is the pass-catching combination of quarterback Peyton Manning (ankle), tight end Julius Thomas (knee) and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (shoulder).

The others are cornerback Champ Bailey (foot), tight end Joel Dreessen (knee), wideout Trindon Holliday (shoulder), guard Chris Kuper (ankle), tackle Winston Justice (finger) and linebackerDanny Trevathan (shoulder).


Champ Bailey likely to play in Week 16 - finally


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2013) Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey is expecting to make a rare appearance in a game Sunday against Houston. He has played in just three this season and left two of those with a foot injury that has plagued him throughout.

His absence has allowed him to keep his other parts fresh. "My fingers aren't banged up like they normally are this time of year," Bailey told the team website. "My shoulders don't feel as bad. ... I feel good about what I can do,"

Bailey was a full practice participant on Thursday. He has not played in a game since Oct. 20.


Plenty of injuries among Broncos' inactives


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2013)  The Broncos inactive list for Week 15 against the Chargers is heavy with injured players Thursday, as wide receiver Wes Welker (concussion), defensive back Champ Bailey (foot), running back C.J. Anderson (illness) and defensive lineman Derek Wolfe (illness) were all unable to play Thursday.

Additionally, quarterback Zac Dysert and offensive linemen Chris Kuper and J.D. Walton were not in uniform for the game.