New England Patriots Offseason: Should the Pats Consider Bob Sanders?

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIFebruary 19, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 02:  Bob Sanders #21 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after he intercepted  a pass in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 2, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Indianapolis Colts cut two-time Pro Bowl safety Bob Sanders on Friday. 

The first thing that comes to mind when you say "Bob Sanders" is disappointment. 

Sanders, who has sky-high potential and enough talent to be a dominant force, but is just injury-prone. 

NFL teams will not be signing any free agents until a new CBA is agreed upon. Once that happens, should the New England Patriots take a gamble on Sanders?

Sanders was named the 2007 Defensive Player of the Year, but has only played nine games since then. 

When Sanders is on the field and healthy, he's one of the league's best strong safeties. He's a playmaking, smart player, who's burned the Patriots many times. 

Sanders is turning 30 this month, and there's no reason that's going to make him healthier. He's a very talented player, but his body is much like paper mache. 

Right now, New England has Brandon Meriweather, Patrick Chung and James Sanders atop of the safety position on their depth chart. All of those players are under the age of 30, and have reasonable, low-cost contracts.

Sanders will likely come cheap, which might be appealing to teams. Sanders would add a big name to the Patriots roster, but that doesn't mean he'll produce.

New England has been rebuilding over the past three seasons, and there's no reason why they should add Sanders. 

Merriweather and Chung appear to be the future, and have developed nicely in their respected roles.

If New England did choose to sign Sanders, he'd be a giant question mark to a team that's determined to go young. 

Sanders reached his peak early, and the Patriots will likely stay away from the paper mache-like Sanders.

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