Free Agent S Bob Sanders Will Sign With Chargers

After visiting several teams, former Colts S Bob Sanders has decided to sign with the Chargers.

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Bob Sanders Will Sign With San Diego Chargers, According To Report

The deadline for NFL teams to sign players to contract comes at midnight when the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires.

The San Diego Chargers made it in just the nick of time. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, S Bob Sanders will be signing with the Chargers on Thursday night. The deal has to be signed Thursday night in order for it to become official. Though the negotiations between the NFL owners and players has been extended for 24 hours, the ability to sign players has not been.

Sanders was released by the Indianapolis Colts last week and has visited at least three teams on his free agency tour -- Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets.

The contract with the Chargers, according to Schefter, is for one year.

Sanders ended the season on the Colts' injured reserve and has had significant injury problems in the last three years, so it's a risk for the Chargers. That said, when he's healthy, Sanders is one of the better safeties in the NFL. Assuming the deal includes little to no guaranteed money, I like this move for San Diego.

Check out SB Nation's Chargers community, Bolts From The Blue, for more on the news. 

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Bob Sanders Will Visit New York Jets On Free Agency Tour

Free agent safety Bob Sanders has less than two days to sign with a team with the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement with the players expiring on Thursday night. He's visited two teams to this point -- Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars -- and will visit a third on Wednesday.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Sanders will visit the New York Jets. The idea of Sanders in New York doesn't seem too far-fetched since the Jets have shown a penchant for veterans (especially those with big names....LaDainian Tomlinson).

Sanders reportedly passed a physical with the Jaguars so we think he's healthy. He ended the 2010 season on IR with the Indianapolis Colts.

If Sanders doesn't sign by Wednesday night, he'll be left waiting to sign with a team until the owners and players agree on a new CBA. Once March 4th hits, there will be no more player movement.

Check out Gang Green Nation to see what Jets fans are saying about the move.

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Bob Sanders Free Agency Tour Starts With Jacksonville Jaguars

The Bob Sanders free agency tour will start with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora. Sanders was released from the Indianapolis Colts last week -- the only team he's known since they made him a second round pick in the 2004 NFL draft.

The Jaguars currently have a pair of young safeties starting and could use some help in that area. If he's healthy, Sanders would be an incredible steal as a free agent. Of course the problem is that he hasn't truly been healthy since 2007 when he was the AP defensive player of the year.

Sanders may visit multiple teams before deciding where to sign, La Canfora reports. He can visit and sign with a team until March 3rd, the final day of the current labor deal. After that date, he can not sign with anyone until a new CBA is worked out. Because of that timing, it's unclear if Sanders will rush to sign with a new team.

What's interesting about the Jaguars is that they're in the AFC South, the same as the Colts. The Jags picking up Sanders could help two things -- getting another safety as well as some information on the Colts.

Sanders is a big enough name that there will be some excitement around him but he's played in just nine games in the last three years so realistically any contract doled out to him ought to be heavy in incentives.

Check out Big Cat Country to see what they're saying about Bob Sanders visit.

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Bob Sanders Released By Indianapolis Colts

The Bob Sanders era is officially over in Indianapolis.

Colts owner Jim Irsay announced via Twitter  that Sanders has been released and thanked him for his contributions over the years. The news isn't a complete shock considering Sanders' lengthy injury history combined with his contract situation but still somewhat surprising considering Sanders success (when healthy) in Indianapolis.

This means that Sanders is now an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any team until March 3rd, when the labor deal between the owners and players expires. After March 3rd, he can not sign with a team until a new labor deal is done.

The Colts made Sanders a second round draft pick in 2004 and by 2007 he was named the AP defensiver player of the year. The Colts run defense was considered soft that year until Sanders' had an outstanding postseason run as the Colts were able to shut down the run en route to a Super Bowl victory

Sanders had signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract in 2007 and that's when the injuries became a significant factor. Sanders has played in just 48 games in seven NFL seasons and just nine games in the last three seasons. When he's healthy, he's shown he's one of the best in the game. The problem is that he clearly hasn't shown he can stay healthy.

Check out Stampede Blue for more on the news.

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