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Champ Bailey will go down as one of the best cornerbacks to ever play the game, but his time in the NFL may be done as the New Orleans Saints have released the veteran according to Pro Football Talk:
A league source tells PFT that the Saints have released Bailey, perhaps one of the day’s biggest surprises.
The Saints gave Bailey $500,000 guaranteed over two years, hoping Bailey could help their secondary, but the 12-time Pro Bowler and seven-time All-Pro is a shell of his former self.
Meanwhile, in St. Louis, Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player was among the final cuts for the Rams. Though Sam has played well in the preseason, defensive end is one of the Rams’ deepest positions. Sam will go through waivers and Pro Football Talk believes he is likely to end up on someone’s roster:
He could still return to St. Louis on the practice squad, a decision that would come in the next couple of days. But first Sam will go through waivers, which means every NFL team will have a chance to put in a claim for him. Considering how well Sam played in the preseason, there’s a good chance that some other team will take him, and that he’ll be on a 53-man roster when the season begins.
Among other relatively surprising cuts were a pair of wide receivers in the AFC West. The Chargers released Vincent Brown, who spent three seasons with the team, while the Oakland Raiders cut Greg Little.