Should the Falcons pursue Georgia legend Champ Bailey?

These two former UGA superstars, Herschel Walker and Buck Belue, probably wouldn't mind Champ Bailey landing with the Falcons. Belue (r) interviewing his Walker recently at the Super Bowl in Dallas. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

These two former UGA superstars, Herschel Walker and Buck Belue, probably wouldn't mind Champ Bailey landing with the Falcons. Belue (r) interviewing his Walker recently at the Super Bowl in Dallas. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

It almost makes too much sense.

Should the Falcons sign Champ Bailey?

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Champ Bailey
, the former Georgia star, appears set to part ways with the Denver Broncos, who are in full rebuilding mode.

If he wants to compete for a championship, the Falcons would figure to be a natural landing spot.

Josina "Jo Jo" Anderson, Fox 31 Sports in Denver.

Josina "Jo Jo" Anderson, Fox 31 Sports in Denver.

As Josina Anderson of Denver’s Fox affiliate reported, Bailey has put his home up for sale. (You can follow Anderson on twitter: @JosinaAnderson.

Here’s her tweet: “Full Champ Bailey quote: “I am putting my Littleton, (CO) house up for sale. It will be officially listed within the next few days.”#Broncos”

Jeff Legwold had the news confirmed by Bailey’s agent Jack Reale.

The Falcons will have a really good scouting report on Bailey. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has connections inside the organization. Also, former Falcons executive Brian Xanders is Denver’s  general manager.

As the Falcons found out in the playoffs against Green Bay, you can never have enough cornerbacks.

Bailey, who has played in 10 Pro Bowls, would certainly improve the Falcons’ pass defense. It’s reasonable to conclude that they can find a spot on the roster for Bailey, who has 48 career interceptions.

The Falcons could use Bailey the same way that Green Bay has used Charles Woodson over the last few years. Move him around. Let him play outside some. Inside on the slot and send him on blitzes.

Bailey certainly has some lessons to share with Dunta Robinson, Brent Grimes, Christopher Owens and Dominique Franks.

Giants running back DJ Ware, bottom, fumbles while being tackled by Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

Giants running back DJ Ware, bottom, fumbles while being tackled by Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

Bailey has been with the Broncos since 2004 after starting out his career with the Washington Redskins.

However, his price tag might be a too costly for the Falcons.

Bailey turns 33 in June. The two sides were close to a four-year, $40 million extension before the Broncos pulled the offer late in the season.

Bailey just finished a seven-year, $63 million contract.

Should the Falcons drop all of their free agency cash on a 33-year-old cornerback?

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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E.lo

February 17th, 2011
5:15 am

First, and I say h3ll yeah let’s do it!!

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JSS

February 17th, 2011
6:06 am

Two names: Ashley Ambrose and Tim McKyer…
Sooner or later, you have to just draft a great DB instead of the Bryan Scott’s and Jimmy Williams of the world…

And you brought up the name Dominique Franks, are the readers ever going to get some real information on why his progress was so slow?

EazyRoc

February 17th, 2011
6:22 am

As much as I love Bailey, I don’t think you make this move. If the Panthers don’t franchise Charles Johnson, that’s where our money should go.

G'Vegas Dawg

February 17th, 2011
6:29 am

5th. I bet the falcs could get that home town discount. It would be worth it just to mentor the youngins.

Buckeye

February 17th, 2011
6:44 am

Nope. To damn old. Then again, perhaps he and Herscel could come in as a “two-fer”.

John

February 17th, 2011
6:45 am

I think they should bring him if the price is right…but not overpay for him. He’s still a very good CB, but he’s no longer a great one. Atlanta has far more pressing needs to make up for than just a CB

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Falconian

February 17th, 2011
6:51 am

Can Champ play defensive end?

K.Conway

February 17th, 2011
6:57 am

To move up as a team, they have to make the right moves. The draft has not been good except for Ryan. The team needs a another good receiver, more defense help and a quick RB!

PlanB

February 17th, 2011
7:01 am

I say if the price is right, get him. If not get someone else. We cannot compete against teams like GB and NO with what we have. B Williams was out and we had to use C Owens. We might as well have played with 10. What happened to him. I thought he was better last year. I would have tried D Franks. We need that extra good CB with the passing games we have to go up against. I think we need to keep B Grimes and B Williams. Especially Grimes. He will be a star. We need another good corner and a pass rush. You can’t draft either one for next year.

hop

February 17th, 2011
7:03 am

bailey has been a very good pro,but he is not the same player that washington drafted ten plus years ago.

the falcons have much more pressing needs to elevate this team to be a super bowl contender.

the more pressing is get ryan more play makers especially at wide receiver. we have only one currently and that is roddy white.

Humma Humma

February 17th, 2011
7:06 am

Instead of Bailey, I vote we pick up Josina “Jo Jo” Anderson, Fox 31 Sports in Denver.

DMR

February 17th, 2011
7:09 am

I love Champ Bailey as a player, but at 33 he is at the point of diminishing returns. You cannot spend that kind of money on a player of his age. The Falcons have some glaring needs on the immediate horizon. Find a long-term answer at corner, replacing an aging J. Abraham. Developing a tight end for Gonzalez’s departure, a running back for the future, and an immediate weapon threat to go opposite R. White.

Mike Smith and Thomas Dimitroff have done great things with this team in a short period of time. In three years, they have had winning seasons in each, while the team is developing young talent. They will find the right mix of youth and veterans to take a larger step.

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February 17th, 2011
7:11 am

Buckeye, it would be a 3-fer if Herschel and his phony “multiple personalities” are involved.

DAVID B.

February 17th, 2011
7:22 am

Sign Champ to a contract with options, pay him well the first year and decide if he should be kept around for another year. After the first year he can’t come back and haunt you due to his age. ONE and maybe DONE. This is the safe route.

falcon88

February 17th, 2011
7:27 am

I say of we can get a home town discount go for it I agree let him teach the youngens something but he is NOT worth 40 million hell he won’t make it long enough to earn it!

Bill

February 17th, 2011
7:27 am

The falcon’s defensive backs are not great, but they are not bad either. If you give Rogers or Brees enough time, they will beat anybody. Need more pressure on the quarterback. That is partly defensive line personnel, and partly a defensive plan that mixes things up more.

HJones

February 17th, 2011
7:27 am

Yes, let’s get him. We will have an over-the-hill wide receiver to match with our over-the-hill tight end. He is exactly what the Falcons need to improve the statistics of last in pass plays over 20 yards.

john mickins

February 17th, 2011
7:42 am

dammit can champ play WR?! i want fitzgerald and draft another burner so we can ship #12 outta here

RODRJ32

February 17th, 2011
7:44 am

I keep hearing some of you say that we need another reciever to go with Roddy White. The problem is who’s going to throw them the ball. If it’s not an intermediate pass Ryan cannot make the throw. We have a problem with Ryan people. I think that everyone wants to believe that he’s going to eventually be this Tom Brady or Peyton Manning type quarterback. I’m starting to believe that it’s not in the cards.

Sweet Old Buck

February 17th, 2011
7:47 am

No way in hell!

SimpleDawg

February 17th, 2011
7:50 am

Absolutely. At 33, Champ’s twice the player that Dunta is….or will ever be.

The prodigal son returns.

cg

February 17th, 2011
7:54 am

I say yes if the price is right. Marcus Stroud is available now and played under Smitty. Let Jamal A go and concentrate on DE, OLB (for Peterson) and WR in the draft.

Sid

February 17th, 2011
7:56 am

Putting a house on the market means nothing, most likely a negotiating ploy. He wants a huge multi-year contract that takes him to when he is nearly 40? I see him ultimately staying at Denver. Don’t get me wrong, he is still a shut down corner and I would love to see him in Falcons colors but he wants more than 4 years on a contract and the Falcons aren’t going to do that at his age.

Love the pic of Buck and Hershel. Quite a contrast, Hershel still every bit the athlete he was and Buck, well, lookin’ a little pudgy there buddy.

The Joker...

February 17th, 2011
8:01 am

Go for it!!! We need at least two out of a possible four FA’s during the offseason, pick two:

Champ Bailey

Richard Seymour

Ray Edwards

D’Angelo Williams

We need to pursue at least two out of the four mentioned ( in no particular order). Some may even want to add Albert Haynesworth to this list, despite his past and recent conduct issues……

Glenn

February 17th, 2011
8:06 am

I wouldn’t sign anyone until a labor agreement is reached . I bet it doesn’t happen until Octoberish . If we have a season next year it will be butchered . Then again due to his age a half season might be more his speed .

Glenn

February 17th, 2011
8:07 am

The Raiders resigned Seymour to a two year contract .

SirReal

February 17th, 2011
8:08 am

I think it’ll be good from a learning standpoint. We do need a vet for just a couple years who can come in and show this team some things. We still lack veteran leadership in the secondary. Poor kid Chris Owens played terrified during that playoff game. Maybe the right guy can give them confidence.

Stirg d'Nahsif

February 17th, 2011
8:11 am

I’m with The Joker… on this one. Richard Seymour and Champ Bailey would immediately make our defense better. This would allow us to focus on linebacker and wide receiver during the draft (I got my eye on a Torrey Smith).

Walker, Texas Ranger

February 17th, 2011
8:14 am

I don’t think Xanders was what you would call an executive with the Falcons but nice try. I think the word you were looking for was assistant or junior scout.

Also, Bailey isn’t coming here to be a nickle back.

Walker, Texas Ranger

February 17th, 2011
8:19 am

Humma Humma, they tried to pick her up but she refused to do the stupid “In you face” sports.

Lee

February 17th, 2011
8:24 am

As much as I appreciate what Champ did for the Dawgs, I say bring “Jo Jo” Anderson down to do sports in Atlanta. Hell let her take over for Suchita Vadlamani’s spot on GDA! She’s hot!!!!!

BULLDOGMANIAC

February 17th, 2011
8:30 am

We are very close to being a championship team. Getting a good vet like Bailey would bring us one step closer to our goal. With that said…we cannot sign him for more than 3 years and we cannot overpay!

Samuel

February 17th, 2011
8:32 am

If you can get champ for less money and sell him on maybe competing for a Superbowl I say yeah. But if he cost too much, look for a corner in the draft who your’e confident he can come right in and be a starter. Other wise -there might be a cheaper free agent who’s good and a little younger than Mr. Bailey.

John

February 17th, 2011
8:32 am

If Atlanta is going to drop serious money on a CB…let’s be honest, the only one to go for is Asomugha..he’s the ONLY one worth serious money. I know Cromartie is available cause Jets are letting him go…but he’s not Asomugha.

BULLDOGMANIAC

February 17th, 2011
8:33 am

Sorry Stirg d’Nahsif but Richard Seymour is not on the market.
MTC said last night that he wants to remain in Oakland and that Oakland will throw the money at him.

AthensFalcon

February 17th, 2011
8:33 am

I would love to have a Vet playing corner. If he came Deunta Robinson would hopefully learn some things and Grimes could learn also. But I am worried what we would have to give the Broncos to acquire him.

AthensFalcon

February 17th, 2011
8:34 am

Oh and John I thought the same thing at first but Asomugha would not fit the Falcons Scheme.

John

February 17th, 2011
8:38 am

Athens…I know what you’re saying, but I respectfully disagree. The guy is simply a great CB and a great athlete. He can adjust and noone would throw at him…not many threw at Robinson this year…he helped Grimes have such a productive year. Put Robinson on one side, Asomugha on the other side…can roll over support IF Robinson needed it. The Atlanta safeties would love life!!!

The Bees Nees

February 17th, 2011
8:51 am

I heard that there are a lot of good cb’s in the first round this year. However if we are looking for a short term solution here, then sign him.

Larry

February 17th, 2011
8:55 am

Yes, but only after first, getting a FA DE, and second, getting Bailey at the right price. Then, select T. Smith in the fist round and our three greatest needs, in order, DE, CB and WR are met.

This would excite the fan base…our window may be closing!

PoopingonHaters

February 17th, 2011
8:55 am

Put Robinson on one side, Asomugha on the other, Grimes/Bailey in the slot. To go along with Thomas DeCoud and William Moore and we instantly have one of the better secondaries in the NFL….BUT the problem isn’t the secondary IMO. We need a better pass rush. Period.

PoopingonHaters

February 17th, 2011
8:57 am

I don’t give a damn who you have in the backfield. Put Deion (in his prime) in the secondary along with Darrelle Revis, Charles Woodson, Rod Woodson, all the great corners, and not have a pass rush. The QB will eat them alive. Forcing the QB to throw before he’s ready creates turnovers. Turnovers gives your offense the ball back with a chance to score. You win games.

Jerry Blooger

February 17th, 2011
8:58 am

yes and C. Johnson if he becomes available. Then do whatever it takes to move up and get A. J. Green . Resign a few lineman and we are ready to get to the finish line.

AthensFalcon

February 17th, 2011
9:00 am

Asomugha would be a great addition to D. I think we could definitely find him a spot on D and maybe he could adjust but on the other side of things if he didn’t do well in our scheme then that would not be good. But overall I agree with what you are saying. Maybe the Falcons should trade for Champ Bailey. But I wouldn’t be sad to see Asomugha come to the ATL.

Mike is back

February 17th, 2011
9:00 am

DLed, I like Champ, but I know people will disagree with me…but I would like to see D Hall brought back…I think dude has matured to the point where his past history with the team…wouldn’t be a problem…dude would be a steep upgrade at that position.

I know he got into with MSmith, so I doubt if Smitty would even go for that…however if we get D Hall, and a top caliber DT, the Birds would instantly become a top 5 defensive team…I wanted Seymour as the DT…but I see where he resigned.

Whatever we do…we get some play makers…we have enough guys with nice talent.

PoopingonHaters

February 17th, 2011
9:01 am

We need defense. A fierce pass rush. The offense could use a bit of tweaking but they aren’t our problem. The defense has always been our problem and still is. Where’s our Clay Matthews? Our B.J. Raji? Our DeMarcus Ware? Our James Harrison? We don’t have one of those feared guys besides Abraham and just double him and your ok. Double Matthews and that opens it up for Zombo, Raji, etc. We don’t have anybody that can get to the QB consistantly besides Abraham.

Sid

February 17th, 2011
9:03 am

Haynesworth? You can’t be serious…………..

AthensFalcon

February 17th, 2011
9:03 am

Jerry if only it were that easy then life would be great and simple.