On Friday, the Indianapolis Colts announced the release of safety Bob Sanders, according to Mike Chappell of IndyStar.com. The former second-round pick and Defensive Player of the Year spent the last seven seasons with the Colts, but has been limited to time on the field over the last three years due to injuries.
Since 2008, Sanders has played in just nine games with the Colts while dealing with knee and arm injuries. This past season, Sanders tore the biceps tendon in his right arm in the season opener against the Houston Texans before being placed on injured reserve in December.
As Chappell indicated, the move by Jim Irsay and the Colts should come as no surprise considering Sanders has missed more games (64) than he’s actually played in (48) during his seven-year career. Sanders signed a five-year deal worth $37.5 million ($20 million guaranteed) back in 2007 that made him the highest paid safety and would have been due $5.5 million in 2011. Considering his history of injuries over the last three seasons, this was the right move for Indianapolis from a financial perspective–especially with the amount of money that is about to be spent on quarterback Peyton Manning.