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Bob Sanders: The Green Bay Packers Chances of Signing the Veteran Safety

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 01:  Bob Sanders #21 of the Indianapolis Colts moves on the field during the NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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J FCorrespondent IFebruary 19, 2011

Demond "Bob" Sanders has played all of his seven seasons in the NFL on the Indianapolis Colts, making the Pro Bowl twice, but he has never played a full season. There is no doubt about Sanders' playmaking ability on the field, but his ability to stay on the field is highly questionable.

The injuries began as a rookie in 2005 as, even though he was a backup, his debut in the league was ended by injuries to his knee and foot.

The next year he propelled himself into popularity and was dubbed with the nickname "The Eraser" for breaking up plays and his ferocious hits on opposing ball carriers. Although he only played in four regular season games in 2006 because of his knee, he played in the playoffs, and was a part of the Colts Super Bowl XLI victory.

In 2007, Sanders became the highest paid safety in history with a contract that would pay him $37.5 million over five years and he won the Defensive Player of the Year award. 

You would have thought he was on the Madden cover because, in the next three seasons, he only appeared in nine games. His reckless style of play and hard hits have taken a toll on his body, and he's not getting any younger.

There is no way any team would pay Sanders the money he received in his previous extension. The Packers could use some depth at safety, but GM Ted Thompson, who rarely signs veteran free agents, isn't likely to risk any cash on such an injury-prone player.

Although adding Bob to the Pack's secondary would undoubtedly make it the best in the league, he really isn't needed. Strong safety Charlie Peprah filled in remarkably for rookie S Morgan Burnett for most of 2010 and FS Nick Collins is one of the top safeties in the NFL. SS Atari Bigby is on the decline, but Jarrett Bush showed promising signs in his Super Bowl performance.

There will be a slew of teams after Sanders, and Green Bay won't compete to buy his talents. This Packers team doesn't have many needs coming off a remarkable Super Bowl run, and especially not at safety unless injuries attack, and in that case Bob Sanders' unfortunate health won't be of any assistance.

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