It appears Mike Tannenbaum’s club is considering the same approach this year.
According to multiple reports, veteran free agent safety Bob Sanders is meeting with the Jets on Wednesday.
“Source tells me that first and foremost the Jets wanted to get a physical for Bob Sanders today,” tweeted Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News.
The Colts released Sanders, the NFL’s 2007 defensive player of the year, last month.
The move was not a major surprise. After winning the league’s top defensive honor, Sanders signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract but played in only nine regular-season games over the next three seasons.
When Sanders was healthy, he was one of the league’s top defenders.
He played in 14 games in 2005, helping the Colts go 13-0 and earning the first of two Pro Bowl selections. A knee injury limited him to only four regular-season games in 2006, but when he returned for the playoffs, the Colts’ run defense improved dramatically and was a key reason Indy won the Super Bowl.
Sanders was healthy again in 2007, playing in 15 games, earning another Pro Bowl trip and becoming the first Colts player to win the league’s top defensive award.
But even Sanders acknowledged his reckless style would likely shorten his NFL career and some fans even wanted the Colts to keep Sanders on the bench until the playoffs started.
There was a reason for all of it.
Injuries limited Sanders to only six regular-season games in 2008. He missed the first five games in 2009 following knee surgery, then in his second game back, tore the biceps in his left arm and missed the rest of the season.
Sanders didn’t even make it through that many games last year. He tore his right biceps on the first defensive series of the season opener and did not play again.
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