Lions To Meet With Bailey And Agent

The Detroit Lions will meet with Washington Redskins corner Champ Bailey and his agent Jack Reale on Thursday in Indianapolis at the NFL draft combine to discuss the details of a proposed trade that would send Detroit's first round pick, the 6th overall, to the Redskins in exchange for the rights to the fifth year defensive back from Georgia.

(ALLEN PARK) - The Detroit Lions will meet with Washington Redskins corner Champ Bailey and his agent Jack Reale on Thursday in Indianapolis at the NFL draft combine to discuss the details of a proposed trade that would send Detroit's first round pick, the 6th overall, to the Redskins in exchange for the rights to the fifth year defensive back from Georgia.

Despite published reports to the contrary, Detroit has been in serious talks with the Washington Redskins for the rights to Bailey for well over a week. Sources close to the Redskins say that Detroit is willing to part with its first round pick, the 6th overall for Bailey, but nothing more than that.

Meanwhile Washington for its part is ready to make a deal after agreeing in principle to a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars for quarterback Mark Brunell. Brunell, the former University of Washington standout would go to the Redskins in exchange for their third round pick.

The move to acquire Brunell means the Redskins need to free up some cap space in order to pursue other free agents next month when the signing period begins on March 3rd.

The Lions for their part feel that no player they could draft with the 6th overall pick, not even Miami safety Sean Taylor, would be the equal of Bailey who has made the Pro Bowl each of the last four years and has never missed a game in his five year NFL career.

While the New York Jets have publicly declared their interest in Bailey, it is known that he only has eyes for the Detroit Lions and exert his influence on his agent and the Redskins to try to get a deal done. Sources say that Bailey is willing to take less money for the opportunity to play in Detroit.

Why? The reason is simple; Champ Bailey and his brother Boss Bailey are extremely close and have dreamed of playing on the same NFL team since childhood. Boss Bailey has made it known to the Lions that he would be a "Lion for Life" if he and Champ are reunited. Champ has told associates that he would be happy to finish his career playing in Detroit with his brother.

The face-to-face meeting on Thursday between Reale, Bailey and Lions head coach Steve Mariucci, President Matt Millen and C.O.O. of Lions properties Tom Lewand is being considered as a precursor to a deal between the two parties. Some sources say Detroit has already agreed in principle with Washington on the framework for a deal, but that is unconfirmed.

Lewand and his assistant Mark Mayhew are expected to talk with Reale regarding what it would take to get the corner signed to a long-term deal.

Meanwhile, Millen and Washington Redskins management are expected to talk about the terms of a deal that would send Bailey to Detroit for either draft picks and/or players.


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