Sanders and Cardinals' depth in secondary


James Sanders would give the Arizona Cardinals a veteran safety known for playing the run.

Sanders, 28, visited with the Cardinals this week and indicated via Twitter that a contract agreement could be near. The Cardinals have made no announcement, but with Sanders having visited the facility, I'll offer a few thoughts on him.

Sanders played about 45 percent of the defensive snaps while starting six of the 15 games he played for the Atlanta Falcons last season. He was previously a part-time starter for New England during six seasons with the Patriots, who released him before the 2011 season.

Sanders' addition could affect safety Hamza Abdullah's status with the team. Abdullah, 28 and an unrestricted free agent, played 52 percent of the defensive snaps for the Cardinals last season. Both players contributed on special teams, but Sanders played more extensively than Abdullah in that area.

"Sanders has good pop and power as a run-support defender," the Scouts Inc. reportInsider on Sanders reads, in part. "He is versatile and works well off the hash or in the box close to the line of scrimmage."

The Falcons brought in Sanders amid some questions about starters Thomas DeCoud and William Moore, who had struggled some during the 2011 preseason. Sanders contributed as a role player and spot starter.

Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes are the projected starting safeties in Arizona. The other defensive backs on the roster -- Patrick Peterson, William Gay, Greg Toler, A.J. Jefferson, Crezdon Butler, Michael Adams, Marshay Green and Korey Lindsey -- are cornerbacks.