As we all know Nnamdi Asomugha is now a free agent, and everybody is hoping their team picks him up, well now everybody is forgeting about Champ Bailey, arguably the third best CB in the league, becoming a free agent.
Champ is incredible, and though he may be slowing down due to his age(33 next season), he is still playing at an incredibly high level.
Looking at the chart above, Champ started his career off great, starting every game 6 seasons straight. 05 and 06 were his best years, but he continued to play at a high level, then in 08 he got hurt, partially tore his groin(ouch), but he came back in 09, and played another great year. This past year he played pretty well, he didn't have many picks, but he knocked down a good amount of passes, and shut down most receivers.
He made the Pro Bowl 9 times, in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009...
Bringing him in would be a great move by Gene, it would give us an instant and great cornerback, he may be aging, but unlike Mathis, he's still playing at a high level, and he's older than him. We can then trade Rashean for a third or fourth. Then in the draft we can draft somebody in the second round like Jimmy Smith, he can play nickel, and develop behind Champ Bailey. Derek Cox has been playing very well since being un-benched. And Mathis has been the one being picked on. Now with Bailey we can shut down Reggie Wayne, Kenny Britt, and Andre Johnson...Bailey has a very poor corner spelling him, which hurts him, if we bring him in, he's got Derek who can play very well on most NFL #2s, and then we have a pretty good secondary, just need a FS fix...eventually when Champ Bailey retires, we would have Jimmy Smith here, to step right in, and you have an instant replacement, who can play at the same level as Champ in his prime...in the end it's a win win for us.
Earlier in the season his agent and the Broncos' Front Office were negotiating a 4-year contract, before Denver pulled out of negotiations. So he's probably looking for a 3 or 4 year deal. His previous contract was: Seven Years; 63Million. If you do the math thats 9Million a year. Earlier this year Darrelle Revis received a contract extension for Four years; 46Million. That's 12Million a year. Champ Bailey isn't Darrelle Revis, he was a great corner, but never was the corner that Revis is today, so I think Bailey's contract if he signed with us would be about 20m/3 years or 27m/4 years, due to Bailey's play declining, still good play, but not as good...that sounds a fair deal to me...
Also he's from Georgia, nearby clearly, so he's pretty close to home. If that effects his decision or not...
Now think about this:
|Team's Weakness||Why?||FA Signed||Year||Current Status|
|Offensive Tackle||Young||Tra Thomas||09||Eugene is playing light's out, Eben is struggling at times.|
|Wide Receiver||Young||Torry Holt||09||MSW is playing better then previous years, and Mike Thomas is playing very well.|
|D-Line||Old, and Busts||Aaron Kampman||10||The line was playing great until Kampman got hurt, but they have been playing much better then last year, Alualu and Knighton are playing great, Mincey has broken out, and Lane and Hart are slowly coming along. Harveys is a bust|
|Secondary||Young, and playmakers are now playmakers for the other team, looking at you Mathis.||Champ Bailey?||11?||???????????????????????????????????????????|
So as you can see the past 2 years, our biggest need got a aging free-agent signed to it, to not only play, but inspire and teach the younger players. Well this year our biggest weakness is the secondary, and we need a vet to come in, kick Mathis out, and inspire our young(that'll be drafted this year, and Derek Cox). Gene I know your reading this, please fly in and sign Champ. You almost signed Darren Sharper, now u got a vet with skill, and gas in the tank....SIGN HIM.