The Redskins drafted Champ Bailey in 1999 and got the benefit of the first five years of his Hall of Fame career. Should they move now to try to get some production out of the tail end of it?
The Broncos have decided to release Bailey rather than pay him $10 million in salary in 2015. That makes him an immediate free agent and he said that he wants to continue to play.
Bailey would be an intriguing option for the Redskins. It’s not like he’s the player he once was. He battled a variety of injuries last year and appeared in just five games. Whoever signs him won’t be getting the player who went to 12 Pro Bowls and was first-team All-Pro seven times.
But they won’t be paying him like that, either. He’s not going to come for the vet minimum but something that averages about $4 million a year for a couple of years should work.
The Redskins do have DeAngelo Hall and David Amerson at corner but they certainly could find a spot for Bailey.
And it could be at safety. The Redskins have a pressing need there and he told Lindsay Jones of USA Today that he is open to making the change.
“I just want to see what people will want me to do. My vision is to still play corner, but I’m a little more open-minded about the season I had last year.” Bailey said. “I’m a corner at heart. If a situation made sense to play safety, then I would consider it.”
There were some hard feelings when Bailey left town 10 years ago. But that was an eternity ago in NFL terms. The Redskins will do their due diligence on Bailey. It could be that they aren’t interested in a one- or two-year stopgap like Bailey would be. But if they want a short-term solution they probably could do much worse than Bailey.