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Thursday, March 3, 2011
Jaguars lose out on Bob Sanders

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Bob Sanders has resurfaced, and the Colts won’t see him in 2011 unless the team plays San Diego in the playoffs.

The Chargers could to pair the oft-injured Sanders with Eric Weddle in what would be a great combination, but Weddle is in line to be a free agent.

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Many fans in safety-starved Jacksonville and Houston hope Weddle will eventually be lured to the AFC South to help defend Peyton Manning. The Jaguars were the first team to have Sanders in after he was let go by the Colts, but the Chargers won out over the Jaguars, Bills and Jets.

Houston recently let free safety Eugene Wilson go and didn’t tender Bernard Pollard in case a best-case scenario with the CBA allowed them to maintain his rights. Still, the Texans didn’t so much as sniff Sanders or OJ Atogwe. Atogwe signed a five-year contract with Washington while Sanders got one year in San Diego.

Safety is regarded as one of the two weakest positions in the draft and some judge only UCLA’s Rahim Moore as a prospect who could be an opening-day starter in the right system.

The free-agent pool of safeties is expected to include Weddle and Darren Sharper (New Orleans) at free safety and strong safeties Quintin Mikell of Philadelphia, Dawan Landry of Baltimore, Danieal Manning of Chicago and Melvin Bullitt of Indianapolis.

From chargers.com on Sanders:

GM A.J. Smith: “We are all very excited to add Bob Sanders to our defense. We have always held him in high regard. He’s a smart, physical, instinctive player. His intensity and playmaking ability can make an immediate impact on our defense.”

Norv Turner: “There’s no question I’m excited. The fact that Bob was available and excited about being here and then having it work out is great. Our guys have unbelievable respect for him and what he’s done through the years. Certainly he knows what we’re capable of doing, so it’s a great fit…”

“When you do something like this obviously there’s some risk involved but the upside outweighs that. He’s healthy and he’s excited about the opportunity.”