Earlier this week, safety Bob Sanders visited with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills after the Indianapolis Colts released him on February 18. Now, it appears the 2007 Defensive Player of the Year could still end up with the same team he spent the first seven seasons of his career with.
The main reason why the Colts released Sanders was because he refused to renegotiate his contract and the organization didn’t believe it was worth paying a player that has played in just nine games over the last three seasons $5.5 million in 2011. According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, former Colts head coach Tony Dungy believes Sanders will be back in Indy next season once he sees what the rest of the market offers him–basically saying no team will offer Sanders the big-money contract he’s looking for due to his history of injuries.
Over the last three seasons, Sanders has been limited to playing time while dealing with knee and arm injuries–with the latest being a torn biceps tendon that happened in the team’s opener against the Houston Texans this past season. Sanders signed a lucrative five-year deal worth $37.5 million ($20 million guaranteed) back in 2007 and has proven to be one of the best players at his position when healthy–so it was a shame to see this situation play out the way it did.
However, if the Colts could manage to get Sanders back at a cheaper price–that would work out perfect. Instead of risking $5.5 million on a player that has struggled to stay healthy lately, Indy could at least give Sanders another shot to prove he can still be an effective safety at a much cheaper price.