About two months after the Saints cut him at the end of the preseason, 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey is retiring, his agent reportedly told multiple journalists.
Bailey had the most interceptions (52) among active cornerbacks when the Saints signed him to an incentive-laden, two-year deal this offseason with a $500,000 signing bonus. But Bailey suffered a foot injury early in training camp and accumulated a paltry 37 snaps over the final two preseason games.
It was expected Bailey would challenge for a starting spot opposite cornerback Keenan Lewis, but the Saints preferred to keep Patrick Robinson at that position.
Robinson has since been demoted, and it’s been third-year pro Corey White manning that spot. The Saints also have rookies Stanley Jean-Baptiste (a second-round draft choice) and Brian Dixon (undrafted) at that position.
Bailey had worked out for other teams since his release, but the 36-year-old ultimately decided to hang up his cleats for good, agent Jack Reale said, according to a number of media outlets.
Bailey spent five seasons in Washington and another 10 in Denver, whom he helped win an AFC title to reach the Super Bowl at the end of the 2013 campaign.