The Saints likely feel a little bit better about their situation at cornerback.
The team has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with future Hall of Fame cornerback Champ Bailey, giving the team depth at a position made thin by injuries a season ago.
New Orleans announced the move Friday afternoon.
“His career accomplishments mirror that of his high character and he’s a very prideful and competitive player who we believe will add to our defense,” Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis said. “Having spent time with him recently and in our discussions with him, I know that he’s thrilled to be joining the New Orleans Saints and starting a new chapter in his professional life.”
Bailey, 35, last played in Denver, but spent much of his time on the sidelines this past season with an injured foot.
In 15 years, Bailey has 52 career interceptions. He earned All-Pro nods from 2004-06 and Pro Bowl berths from 2000-’07 and ’09-’12, the second-most among defensive players in NFL history.
He has started 212 of the 215 regular season games he has played in, coming up with 837 solo tackles and 235 passes defensed, or 15 per season.
Current Saints players took to Twitter to express their happiness at having Bailey as a teammate.
Yessir! ..welcome to the squad @champbailey— jairus byrd (@jairusbyrd) April 4, 2014
Grew up watching the FHOF Champ Bailey now I have an great opportunity to play with him. Glad to have him part of #WhoDatNation— Corey White (@CoreyWhiteJr3) April 4, 2014