Once the Denver Broncos released seven-time All-Pro cornerback Champ Bailey, it wasn’t going to be long before he was tied to just about every team in the league. But Bleacher Report’s Adam Lefkoe is reporting that the Atlanta Falcons are a team seriously in the hunt for the former Georgia Bulldog standout.
For the Falcons to have an interest in Bailey isn’t a stretch at all. While Atlanta will be concentrating on other areas for the upcoming NFL Draft, adding some veteran presence to their very young secondary has to be one of the secondary tasks that GM Thomas Dimitroff has on his list.
Atlanta’s two starting corners for 2014–Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford–were both rookies in 2013, and are still growing into their positions. There are also the rumors circulating that veteran safety Thomas DeCoud is set to be released by the Falcons.
Bringing in a talent like Bailey, even at his age, would be ideal. He could be used in nickel situations or even make the move to playing safety, thus becoming an ample replacement for DeCoud if he is no longer with the team.
Of note: in the report by Lefkoe, Bleacher Report NFL analyst Chris Simms believes that Philadelphia is the better (and more likely) landing spot for the 15-year veteran.