It ain't easy being a veteran cornerback in today's NFL.
In the past week or so, a handful of veteran corners have been shown the door by their respective teams. The latest was Champ Bailey, released by the Denver Broncos on Thursday after 10 years with the team, according to ESPN.
On many levels, it was hardly a surprise. The 35-year-old played in only five regular-season games last year due to an injured foot, his last performance was a nightmarish showing against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII and the Broncos saved $10 million in cap space by cutting Bailey loose.
That didn't make the decision any easier for general manager John Elway. "Without question, he's among the best cornerbacks to ever play the game and one of the finest players in the history of the Broncos," Elway said. "You couldn't ask for more in a player than what Champ brought to this team."
Bailey, for his part, told Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today he has no plans to call it a career. "It sucks, but at the same time, I have to move on," Bailey said. "I can't dwell on it. I know they're not dwelling on it."
Bailey joins a crowded market in the defensive backfield, but luckily for those grizzled vets, there is also no shortage of teams that need help in that regard.
Here are a handful of the best fits.