Champ Bailey retires from NFL

Longtime NFL cornerback Champ Bailey has decided to call it a career and retire from the game he played for 15 years.

Via The Baltimore Sun, Bailey's agent, Jack Reale, said that Bailey has decided to hang up the cleats after a standout NFL tenure that saw him record 52 interceptions.

"Champ has some outstanding opportunities that he's going to pursue," Reale said in a telephone interview. "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 was with the Saints during the preseason but was released during final cuts. His most recent workout was with the Baltimore Ravens, though he wasn't signed.

Bailey was a standout two-way player at the University of Georgia before entering the NFL in 1999. He spent his first five years with Washington before being traded to Denver for running back Clinton Portis. Bailey was a 12-time Pro Bowl player.

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