Bedard provided this statement under the heading “strong opinion that I may regret by November“, but he does appear to believe it is plausible.
- Bedard notes that Bailey has looked stiff and has certainly lost a step.
Bailey is only guaranteed $500,000 on his contract, so the Saints would not take a huge hit should they cut him.
Bedard’s observation was not a revelation however. Bailey is 36, and the twelve-time Pro Bowler has played a lot of football in his 16 seasons. The Saints had to be well aware of his declining athleticism when they signed him. In that respect, Bailey could be seen as a good fit as a mentor to the young defensive backs in New Orleans.
The Saints are counting on contributions from younger players such as Corey White, Patrick Robinson and Stanley Jean-Baptiste. It would take a great deal of confidence in those players to part ways with the veteran Bailey.