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Lions work out Champ Bailey

The Detroit Lions brought in veteran cornerback Champ Bailey for a workout on Thursday.

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During the final round of cuts, the New Orleans Saints released veteran cornerback Champ Bailey. This was one of the most notable cuts in all of the NFL, and fans immediately started connecting him to the Detroit Lions given their need for cornerback help.

Bailey hasn't signed anywhere yet, but it looks like Detroit may actually be a potential landing spot for him. Tim Twentyman reports that Bailey is working out for the Lions on Thursday, indicating that they have at least some interest in him.

This news comes after the Lions worked out safety Chris Clemons and three other defensive backs on Wednesday. Clearly they are taking a long look at potential help in the secondary, and if Bailey is indeed healthy, he could be a nice addition to the team. While Bailey is past his prime at this point in his career -- he's 36 years old and in his 16th season in the NFL -- it's not like the Lions are overflowing with talent at cornerback.

Depending on what happens in the Lions' season-opening game, they could make a move to sign someone like Bailey during Week 2. They're not going to make a move before the season starts since they don't want to guarantee the entire contract of a veteran player, but it's certainly not out of the question that Bailey or Clemons or another defensive back could join the team next week.


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