Bailey’s agent, Jack Reale, announced a few weeks that his client was prepared to call it a career and pursue other career opportunities.
“Champ has some outstanding opportunities that he’s going to pursue,” Reale said in a telephone interview, via the Baltimore Sun. “He’s heard from several teams, I’m not going to say who, but this is the way that Champ has decided to go. He’s had a great career.”
Bailey reportedly had interest from two playoff contenders in recent months and had worked out for teams like the Ravens and Lions since he was cut loose by the Saints.
Bailey, 36, signed a two-year contract worth a max value of $7 million with New Orleans during the offseason, but he was unable to make the team’s 53-man roster coming out of the preseason.
He finishes his 15-year career with 983 career tackles, 52 interceptions, 235 pass deflections, nine forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. Bailey is a 12-time Pro Bowl selection that should be in the discussion for the Hall of Fame in the coming years.