Bob Sanders Cut: Five Potential Landing Spots for the Indianapolis Colts Safety
While the NFL and NFLPA solve their dispute over the Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams are forced to wait before free agency begins.
This rule, however, doesn't apply to players who are cut before the end of the league year (March 3, for anyone living under a rock). Thus, teams will clamor for whatever they can get their hands on until free agency officially begins, whenever that may be.
Needless to say, someone is going to look past Bob Sanders' long history of injuries and sign him. But who?
New York Jets
With so many expiring contracts, the Jets should be the last team that's looking into bringing in any new players.
Sanders has one Super Bowl ring already, but could be part of another contender with the Jets. As is always a possibility, he may even be willing to take a big cut in pay, even considering how infrequently he's played.
The Jets already have one of the most dominant secondaries in football, but a little depth and flexibility can go a long way.
It's no mystery that the biggest area of weakness for the Cowboys is in the secondary. It's the major reason why most are crowning Prince Amukamara as the first-round draft choice of Dallas at the No. 9 spot.
And it's also no mystery that Jerry Jones will never hesitate to spend whatever is necessary on a big-name free agent. That figure doesn't look to be very high with such an injury-plagued history in Sanders' past.
The only question is, how would Sanders' quiet and humble personality gel with the various boisterous characters in the Cowboys' locker room currently?
Troy Polamalu has been less injury prone than Sanders, but has missed at least two games in four of the past five seasons. He missed 11 games in 2009 and five games in 2007.
When healthy, Sanders has been a versatile safety capable of doing many of the same things Polamalu does, albeit not as effective. He plays both the run and the pass well, though, and can blitz well.
Sanders would be a great option for the Steelers coming off the bench in case of injury.
Everytime I list a free agent that the Texans might want, it's on the defensive side of the ball. Hmm, wonder why...
With Wade Phillips coming in, hopefully he'll bring big changes to the pass defense. They are consistently one of the worst in that category. I don't care if they play Peyton Manning twice a year, they've got to do better than that.
Even though Sanders hasn't been healthy in years, he's proven that he can play well when healthy. That is, if he can stay healthy...
Big or small, injury prone or injury free, old or young, Pete Carroll has proven time and time again that it doesn't matter. He is set on making as many transactions as necessary to build the franchise of his dreams. It's almost as if every time he steps into his office, he turns on Madden.
Lawyer Milloy was last year's starter at strong safety, and after 14 years on the gridiron, he may finally decide to call it quits. Sanders' history of injury would suggest that he shouldn't be a No. 1 option at safety, but bringing him on would certainly help ease the transition post-Milloy.
Can He Stay Healthy?
That's the more important question. Because if he can't, whichever team signs him will end up wasting their money on a name on a sheet of paper: an injury report, at that.
Still, it's certain he'll draw some interest, so looking into what teams could sign him is worth the while.
The only question is, will Sanders be worth their money?