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Friday, February 18, 2011
Initial thoughts on Bob Sanders' availability

By Mike Sando

Bob Sanders has played in 48 regular-season games and missed 64 of them since entering the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts in 2004.

That explains why the Colts released him Friday.

The natural fan reaction -- how would the injury-prone 2007 NFL defensive player of the year fit on team such-and-such? -- should take into account injury and financial considerations.

Sanders played six games in 2008, two games in 2009 and one last season. From a health standpoint, he is 29 years old going on 40. That means Sanders will take a massive reduction from the $6 million in salary and bonus money he would have received from the Colts.

If Sanders is going to take a pay cut, and he is, why not do so in Indianapolis? We'll need to find out to what extent hurt feelings and pride could complicate a potential return.

In the NFC West, Arizona is set at strong safety with Adrian Wilson. The other teams in the division could benefit from at least inquiring about Sanders.

The San Francisco 49ers used a 2010 second-round choice for Taylor Mays. How does he project under a new staff? The Seattle Seahawks drafted Kam Chancellor and they could conceivably bring back Lawyer Milloy, who has missed only six games in 15 NFL seasons. The St. Louis Rams have Craig Dahl at strong safety, with James Butler and Michael Lewis scheduled for free agency.