February 18, 2011 by staff
Bob Sanders, The Colts are means of separation with oft-injured safety Bob Sanders. Team owner Jim Irsay tweeted the news Friday morning: Today, we released Bob Sanders. We thank Bob 4 all his incredible contributions to its peak 2 Sup Bowl players def honors year.
Sanders have been an impact player for the Colts when he was on the ground, which became a rare sight over the last three seasons. Chronic injury problems limited the player of the 2007 NFL defensive year, only nine matches from 2008 to 2010.
(AP) – Bob Sanders could not stay healthy and the Colts could not afford to continue to invest in security often injured. Team owner Jim Irsay has released the player of the 2007 NFL Defensive of the Year on Friday, announcing the decision within 24 hours after it said it would take a decision on the future before Sanders March 3.
“We thank Bob for his outstanding contributions, he was intercepted Super Bowl in his defensive player of the year honor,” Irsay said in a statement. The move was not a big surprise. After winning the league top defensive honor, Sanders signed a five-year, and $ 37.5 million contract, but played in regular season games only nine during the next three seasons.
With safety Antoine Bethea signed four years and $ 27 million contract last summer, Melvin Bullitt, backup Sanders, becoming an authority mode, and the Colts still trying to sign four time league MVP Peyton Manning a new long term agreement, there was not enough room to keep Sanders.
Indy Manning exclusive franchise tag Tuesday a move that Manning would pay about $ 23 million next season if he plays under the tag.
Given these constraints, Indianapolis could not afford Sanders – and everyone knew it.
Last month, Sanders agent, Tom Condon, told The Associated Press he “expected the same thing you do” when asked if the Colts Sanders inquired redo contract or let him come on the market free agent. A message left for Condon on Friday was not immediately returned.
“I want to thank Mr. Irsay for the opportunity to play with the Colts,” Sanders said in a statement released by the team. “I appreciate everything he and the organization has done for me throughout my career, and I always consider myself a Colt. I also thank the fans for their support. They played a great role in making my seven years with the team very rewarding. ”
When Sanders was healthy, he was one of the defenders in the league.
He played in 14 games in 2005, helping the Colts go 13-0 and win the first of two Pro Bowl selections. A knee injury limited him to just four regular season games in 2006, but when he returned for the playoffs, the Colts run defense has improved considerably and was a major reason Indy won the Super Bowl.
Sanders was healthy again in 2007, playing in 15 games, earning another trip to the Pro Bowl, becoming the first Colts player to win the league in defensive award.
But even Sanders has admitted his reckless style would probably shorten his career in the NFL and some fans even wanted the Colts to keep Sanders on the bench until the playoffs began.
There was a reason for all this.
Injuries limited Sanders to just six regular season games in 2008. He missed the first five games in 2009 after knee surgery, then in his second game back, tore the biceps of his left arm and missed the rest of the season.
Sanders did not even make it through many games as last year. He tore his right biceps on the first defensive series of the opening of the season and not plays again.
It was yet to come Sanders with the Colts in danger.
“Before March 3, I think we’ll probably have an idea on that direction,” Irsay said Thursday when asked about Sanders. “Again, there is nothing definitive. We talked through many different scenarios, I can not say with certainty what direction we are going there.”
Friday, Irsay record.
Sanders had 373 tackles, 3 ½ sacks, two forced fumbles, and three interceptions and six times in seven seasons in the NFL.
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