Bob Sanders not headed to Bills or Jets

March, 3, 2011
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After visiting the Buffalo Bills last week and the New York Jets on Wednesday, free-agent safety Bob Sanders beat the CBA clock by signing with the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Sanders spent seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He was the NFL's defensive player of the year in 2007, but has been healthy enough to play only nine games in the three seasons since.

The Bills and Jets were interested enough in gambling on Sanders to host him. Both clubs are in need of safeties.

Donte Whitner was Buffalo's strong safety last year, but he's a free agent. Two of New York's safeties, Eric Smith and Brodney Pool, also are free agents. Jim Leonhard is recovering from a broken shin.

Sanders was the second safety to reach terms Thursday. O.J. Atogwe, recently released by the St. Louis Rams, signed with the Washington Redskins.

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