NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - The New Orleans Saints are making moves during the off-season to shore up the defensive backfield.
15-year NFL veteran Champ Bailey brings experience and a wealth of talent to the cornerback position. The 6-0, 192-pound Bailey is a member of the 2000's NFL All-Decade Team.
He began his career with the Washington Redskins as the seventh-overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft out of the University of Georgia. He was traded to Denver in 2004 and played with the Broncos for 10 seasons.
"We are excited to be able to add a future Hall of Fame player with the addition of Champ Bailey," Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said. "His career accomplishments mirror that of his high character and he's a very prideful and competitive player who we believe will add to our defense. Having spent time with him recently and in our discussions with him, I know that he's thrilled to be joining the New Orleans Saints and starting a new chapter in his professional life."
In 215 career regular season games, Bailey has 212 starts, 983 tackles (837 solo), nine forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
Bailey's 52 career interceptions are the most by an active NFL cornerback. In 11 career postseason games, he has 34 tackles (30 solo), two interception returns for 105 yards and 10 passes defensed.
Last season Bailey missed 11 games with a foot injury and posted 14 tackles. He appeared in all three postseason games for Denver and started two, including 11 solo tackles in Super Bowl XLVII.