It was not long ago that Bob Sanders was one of the young, up-and-coming playmakers for the Colts defense.
With that being said, it just shows how often things change in the NFL and certainly how fast ones stock can surely rise and fall over the course of a couple of seasons.
Colts president Jim Irsay announced this past Friday that the Colts would be releasing the two-time All-Pro safety, cutting short Sanders' tenure with the Colts that had been marred by injuries the past six seasons—including this past season when Sanders tore his bicep during the first week of the season and missed the rest of the year.
Sanders has not wasted time on the hunt for a new home for the 2011 season. He visited with the Jags on Monday and is scheduled to visit with the Bills on Tuesday. Both teams would be an excellent fit for the former Colt.
However, departing the Colts for a division rival such as the Jags would be twice as intriguing and would certainly give a mediocre defense a huge boost in their weakest department—assuming Sanders could remain healthy.
The Jaguars have slowly made moves over the past few offseasons to improve their defense. This was highlighted when they acquired veteran playmakers Kirk Morrison and Aaron Kampman—and when they drafted Tyson Alualu and Terrence "Pot Roast" Knighton, both of whom are bound to anchor the Jacksonville D-line for many seasons to come.
But if there is one department that the Jags absolutely must address this offseason, it is the secondary. Don Carey, Tyron Brackenridge, Courtney Greene and Sean Considine are the most talented safeties currently on the Jags' roster and that's not saying much.
Sanders would be an instant fit in the Jaguars D, and would definitely improve this teams defensive grade by a letter mark or two.
Still looking for reasons that Sanders would be exciting to see in a Jaguars uniform?
He'd make a developing defense into a scary defense—one that is solid, young and intimidating at each position on the defense squad. He would fill their biggest need and perhaps give them a little bit more confidence concerning the defense leading into the draft.
In addition, he'd certainly allow Gene Smith to remain even more committed to his philosophy of selecting the best player available.
Simply put, he is the playmaker that the Jaguars secondary so desperately needs.
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