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Champ Bailey to play cornerback, not safety, for Saints

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Champ Bailey apparently is still a cornerback. (USATSI)
Champ Bailey apparently is still a cornerback. (USATSI)

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A couple years back, Champ Bailey was asked about potentially moving to the safety spot at some point in his career, and he responded by saying, "Maybe into my 16th season or around there … I'm a realist, though. If I see myself on tape and I think it's time to make a move, I'll know it's time to make a move. I'll be the first to see it, I'll be the first to know it. Maybe when I'm 36."

Guess what? Bailey will turn 36 in June, and now that he's headed to a new team in New Orleans, he surely will be headed to the place where really-good-cornerbacks-whose-skills-have-declined sometimes have to go.

Or maybe not.

Because the Saints aren't planning to play Bailey at safety. Instead, general manager Mickey Loomis said, via the New Orleans Times Picayune, that Bailey would play cornerback.

"You always have a need for good players and that's a valuable position," Loomis said.

Bailey missed 11 games last season while dealing with a foot injury, and he didn't have a great Super Bowl in the Broncos' big loss to the Seahawks (though Bailey had played well two weeks prior in the AFC title game vs. the Patriots when he was filling in for Chris Harris).

There's little question that we'll have to question how effective Bailey will continue to be at the cornerback position as he enters his 16th year in the league. But for now, the Saints seem to think it'll all work out OK.

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