Vikes Interested In Bailey?

VU has been told that the Vikings are one of the teams Washington may be talking with in the next week over CB Champ Bailey.

A VU Redskins source told us Monday morning that the Redskins have opened the possibility of trading free-agent cornerback Champ Bailey before the free-agency period begins March 3.

From what we're being told, new coach Joe Gibbs is a little skiddish about slapping the franchise tag on Bailey and, if someone comes up with the right trade offer, the Redskins are willing to do a sign-and-trade deal for Bailey -- much like the Bills did a year ago with wide receiver Peerless Price.

Our source told us that as many as eight teams have been in contact with Bailey's agent, who has been given the chance to broker a deal. One of those teams is thought to be the Vikings, he said.

While VU continues to hear from Winter Park that the Vikings are more likely to wait until free agency opens to address a cornerback signing, if the price isn't too steep, there may be an interest in working out a deal for Bailey. But, with the asking price expected to be a first-round pick, as well as having to pay an extremely high salary, there's a good chance the Vikings will wait this one out, keep their first-round pick and go after an unrestricted free agent CB with no compensation required.

That being said, Bailey could cure a lot of ills in the Vikings secondary and would enter his first training camp with experience and ready to go -- as opposed to grooming a rookie.

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