It appears the Champ Bailey Era in Denver is coming to a close.
At 35, Champ is officially listed as "aging," but he wants to keep playing football. Reports suggest that he would consider playing safety, but he sounds like he will only do it if no team will let him play cornerback. He did not exactly have a stellar Super Bowl showing, and he struggled with injuries for most of the season. Chances are he will be asked by multiple suitors about his willingness to play safety.
My interest level in Champ Bailey as our starting safety in 2014 is: Strong to Quite Strong.
Plenty of things stand in the way of him finishing his Hall of Fame career where he began it, not the least of which is the uncertain nature of his relationship with the franchise. I always thought he helped the Redskins out by allowing them to get at least some value in return for him (and I loved Clinton Portis). Plenty of players in the league have talked themselves out of town in far less classy fashion. There's also the small matter of the Denver Broncos potentially figuring out a way to keep him.
I suppose it is also possible that the same reasons that he wanted to leave in the first place would keep him from ever coming back. Even if the Redskins had interest in bringing him back, Bailey will surely visit multiple teams.
The chances of this happening are slight...at best. I do think he can give a team two very good seasons at safety. As it turns out, we could use some help there. We can and have done far worse at safety in recent years. If he agrees to a reasonable contract, he could provide huge value to a defense.
Why can't that be ours?