Count Champ Bailey amid the growing number of people who believe that it is time for Washington’s NFL franchise to change its controversial name.

The New Orleans Saints veteran cornerback, who broke into the NFL as Washington’s first-round pick in 1999, told USA TODAY Sports that the racial insensitivity of the word “Redskins” is reason enough for the team to make the bold move of changing the name.

“When you hear a Native American say that ‘Redskins’ is degrading, it’s almost like the N-word for a black person,” Bailey told USA TODAY Sports. “If they feel that way, then it’s not right. They are part of this country. It’s degrading to a certain race. Does it make sense to have the name?”

Bailey, a 16th-year veteran with 12 Pro Bowl selections on his resume, is one of the most prominent NFL players to take a stand on the polarizing issue.

It carries added weight when considering that he played his first five seasons in Washington after being selected seventh overall in 1999. He has a keen sense of the franchise’s tradition and its passionate fan base, but doesn’t buy the team’s reasoning for keeping a name defined in the dictionary as a racial slur. The team contends that the name honors Native Americans.