But Bailey said it's no big deal. He didn't even bother to make White an offer for the number. He was content to take Malcolm Jenkins' old No. 27 instead.
"I'm not the one to get attached to anything like that. It's just a number. I'll make the number I have look like something," Bailey said. "I just asked him if he was attached to it. He was, and I just gotta live with it. I wasn't going to make him an offer or anything like that. I'm not paying for anything. I think if the roles were reversed, I probably would've considered it, but he didn't want to. It's his own decision."
White, a third-year pro, will have to work even harder to hang on to his starting job. White took over as the Saints' No. 2 cornerback late last season after veteran Jabari Greer was injured. White experienced some highs and lows on the job, but he showed some promise as a physical corner.
However, the Saints added Bailey in free agency. They have veteran Patrick Robinson returning from a knee injury that sidelined him all of last season. Second-year pro Rod Sweeting is expected to make that Year 2 leap, among other young contenders. And they drafted big cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste in the second round.
It could be the deepest and most compelling camp battle for playing time. And the competitive juices among the defensive backs are already flowing.
Make sure you have your roster handy to keep track of who's who.