Bailey and Falcons probably not best fit

March, 6, 2014
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As ESPN's Adam Schefter reported late Wednesday, the Denver Broncos are on the verge of releasing seven-time All-Pro cornerback Champ Bailey.

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Schefter also threw another nugget in his report when he said it would make sense for Bailey to finish his career at home in Georgia. Bailey is from Folkston and played football at the University of Georgia.

Bailey, who turns 36 in June, told USA Today he plans to keep on playing and is open to a switch to safety. That might sound a little enticing to the Falcons, but they seem unlikely to make a quick move on Bailey.

Sure, the Falcons need help in the secondary. Plus they need to add toughness on defense, which Bailey has displayed over the years. Bu the Falcons are set at starting cornerback with second-year players Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford.

As for safety, the Falcons will be looking to add another body next to strong safety William Moore with free safety Thomas DeCoud's release imminent. But for a team that is trying to rebound immediately, would they really want to experiment with an aging veteran making a position switch?

If the Falcons do investigate Bailey, it probably would be as a nickelback. They are looking to upgrade at the position. And Bailey played that role for Broncos this past season.

There will be plenty of speculation as players get released around the league. We'll see how the Falcons decide to attack the free-agent market.

Vaughn McClure

ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter

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