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Chalk this one up to the Falcons simply not getting it.
ESPN's Adam Schefter mentioned the Falcons as a possible landing spot for the recently released Champ Bailey—formerly of the Denver Broncos. And in typical Atlanta fashion, fans are salivating at the thought of landing the future Hall of Fame cornerback.
But this is just plain goofy on all sorts of levels.
Bailey, who will turn 36 in June, is coming off a year where he played in just five games (three starts) due to a foot injury suffered in the preseason. But before that, he was seen getting torched on deep balls by Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey Smith in an upset loss in the playoffs.
And after the injury he was once again seen getting torched, most notably by generic slot receivers for the Seattle Seahawks, in Denver's blowout loss in the Super Bowl. It was long rumored that the Broncos wanted Bailey to consider a switch to safety to extend his career with the team, but Bailey balked at the idea, as told to The Denver Post (h/t to CBS Sports).
Now that Bailey is a street free agent, according to USA Today, he has finally decided that he'll move to safety.
So instead of doing what it took to help his Super Bowl team—who was in need of help at the safety position due to a rash of injuries—Bailey decided he was too good to be "demoted" in his mind.
But now he'll help a team he's not familiar with? Haven't we had enough of these old diva players, Atlanta?
And haven't we had enough of not having young, explosive talent on the team? We desperately need to get out of this mode of clamoring for name-value players that are in the twilight of their careers.
The Falcons were 4-12 due to a lack of explosive talent and injuries. So you mean to tell me that adding a 36-year-old player who has undoubtedly diminished as an elite athlete and is coming off a serious injury would be an ideal add—because he will provide leadership?
Not to mention you may ask him to switch to a position he may not be good at (as if he's still good at corner)?
Why not add a player like former St. Louis Rams corner Cortland Finnegan who can provide leadership, toughness and is still in his prime?
Of course Atlanta will go down this road. While they're at it, why not see if Moses Malone is available to be an Atlanta Hawk as well? This is not an attack on Champ, as he's one of my favorite players ever; it's merely shedding light that we have a certain mindset here that needs to be examined.
You know the type of team Bailey would be good for?
He'd be absolutely perfect for the team that he just got cut from, a team that is literally one or two players away from a Super Bowl victory.
But even they don't want him.
Atlanta needs a plethora of players and is maybe two seasons away from being a true Super Bowl contender. By the time we are ready to be in the Super Bowl we will then need another player to replace Champ.
Please, just get that player now.