A few quick thoughts on Bob Sanders’ release, before we get to statements made by Sanders:
1. The only surprise here was the timing of the release. Making the move in mid-February indicates the two sides weren’t remotely close on reworking Sanders’ contract, which his representatives knew was coming.
So the two sides disagreed quite a bit on Sanders’ value. Perhaps the Colts want Sanders to see what he can get on the open market — it may not be much. Indianapolis may ultimately still have the best offer for him.
2. Cutting Sanders now actually does him a favor because he has the free agent market almost to himself. (He can chill with Shaun Rogers.) Sanders said goodbye Friday with a lot of respect for the team that drafted him.
“I want to thank Mr. Irsay for the opportunity to play with the Colts,” said Sanders. “I appreciate all he and the organization did for me throughout my career, and I always will consider myself a Colt. I want to thank the fans also for their great support. They played a big part in making my seven years with the team very rewarding.”
There still should be interest in Sanders elsewhere, if only on a low-risk short-term deal.
Leslie Frazier coached Sanders in Indianapolis and could have some interest. Ron Meeks, who coached Sanders a long time, is now in Carolina. (That may not be a great fit though.) ESPN’s Paul Kuharksy suggests the rest of the AFC South should show interest.