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PFT rewind: In 2009, Bill Polian said he’d never cut Bob Sanders

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We were surprised by the Colts’ decision to cut safety Bob Sanders, for a couple of reasons.  With no salary cap and no impending requirement to pay anything to Sanders other than a $500,000 offseason workout bonus (if, you know, there are any offseason workouts), the Colts could have kept him around.

Instead, Sanders has a two-week window to sign with a new team before the league possibly shuts down.

But there’s another reason to be surprised by the decision to cut Sanders.  Consider the words of team president Bill Polian, circa November 2009.

“First of all, his contract is not up for another three years, I believe.  At least two – I think three.  There’s no way we would cut Bob Sanders unless he’s completely incapable of playing and I don’t think that that’s the case,” Polian said.   “I think he’ll be back better than ever as the saying goes next summer.  I see no situation where we would cut him.”

So either Sanders is completely incapable of playing, or Polian needs glasses.

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18 Responses to “PFT rewind: In 2009, Bill Polian said he’d never cut Bob Sanders”
  1. dabears2485 says: Feb 18, 2011 1:24 PM

    What a stupid article.

    First of all, owners exaggerate their love of players all the time. Second, Sanders has played in 9 of the last 48 games. He is incapable of playing a whole season, which is what teams pay players for. Bill Polian did the right thing. Save that money for someone that might be capable of playing more than three games.

  2. billygoat says: Feb 18, 2011 1:25 PM

    9 games in 3 years sounds incapable of playing to me.

  3. shaggytoodle says: Feb 18, 2011 1:29 PM

    Polian doing his best portrayal of Manning.
    Trying to get a safety to bite on the pump fake.

  4. chargerdillon says: Feb 18, 2011 1:31 PM

    Bob will get the Ladainain deal when it’s all said and done….

    It’s the “I really loved you when you were great, but you’re worthless injured, so here’s a 1-2 year deal to say get healthy fast or you can be a jet like every other broken down player”

  5. chc4 says: Feb 18, 2011 1:31 PM

    Things change. Must be a slow news day.

  6. infectorman says: Feb 18, 2011 1:35 PM

    “I see no situation where we would cut him.”

    Golly! Looks like old man Polian ain’t got no crystal ball neither!!

    Don’t reckon I’d be hitchin’ my rope this emeffer’s wagon! Yeehaw!

  7. marvsleezy says: Feb 18, 2011 1:36 PM

    Sanders should offer to take the vet minimum with some playing time incentives for the Colts b4 he checks free agency

    - I think the Colts have earned a loyalty discount here, and after all hes earned, I hope for his sake he doesnt need the money.

  8. coachstram says: Feb 18, 2011 2:21 PM

    NFL: Never’s For Losers.

  9. lilsmoky says: Feb 18, 2011 2:23 PM

    I think I know someone crazy enough to make this deal, and his name is Al Davis.

  10. bunjy96 says: Feb 18, 2011 2:29 PM

    What a shocker!

    An owner, GM or coach changed his mind.

    What’s the world coming to?

    Should be a lead news story on every sports front page in the U.S.

    Next you have story that there is no Santa Claus.

  11. knightringonow says: Feb 18, 2011 3:16 PM

    And the Atlanta Braves of football make another addition-by-subtraction kind of move.

    It’s all karma, Kramer: not going for the perfect season comes back to bite you every time.

  12. tizomps says: Feb 18, 2011 3:31 PM

    when bob sanders heard the news; it broke his heart. He’ll be out 8-10.

  13. jasonculhane says: Feb 18, 2011 3:56 PM

    Could finally mean Irsay isn’t byeing the Polian Koolaid anymore. Looks apparent that Irsay is taking a little bit more control back and this wasn’t a Polian decision

  14. nooittall says: Feb 18, 2011 4:36 PM

    When will you people learn…..POLIAN IS A LIAR, HE LIES, HE LIES TO HIS FRIENDS, HE LIES TO HIS ENEMIES… HE LIES….HE IS A BOLD, PASTY FACE LIAR….EVEN HIS FRIENDS WILL TELL YOU THAT BEHIND HIS BACK. HE WILL LOOK YOU STRAIGHT IN THE EYE, SWEAR ON HIS MOTHER’S GRAVE AND LIE TO YOU…..HE IS A LIAR…..IT IS PART OF HIS CORE BEING….IT’S WHAT HE DOES, HE LIES….HE HAS NO CONSCIENCE, IT DOESN’T BOTHER HIM IN THE LEAST, HE’S GOOD AT IT, BETTER THAN ANYTHING ELSE HE IS CAPABLE OF, HE LIES…..HE IS A WORLD CLASS LIAR…..IF YOU EVER BELIEVE ANYTHING HE SAYS, EVER, YOU’RE A SAP…..POLIAN LIES, HE LIES, HE LIES, HE LIES…..LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE……HE GETS UP LYING AND I’M SURE RIGHT BEFORE HIS HEAD HITS THE PILLOW AT NIGHT HE TELLS GOD HE WON’T LIE TOMORROW….DON’T BELIEVE IT GOD, HE’S LYING….DID I SAY HE WAS A LIAR?…..WELL HE IS….A LIAR, HE LIES…..HE’LL LIE TO HIS FAMILY, HE’LL LIE TO YOUR FAMILY…..HE’LL LIE TO FARM ANIMALS, HE’LL LIE TO BABIES, CRIPPLES, PRIEST’S, JUDGES, COMMISSIONERS, PUPPY’S, IT DOESN’T MATTER, HE’LL BE LYING. ANY PLAYER, AGENT, COACH, OWNER BETTER BEWARE, HE’S LYING TO YOU. LIAR, LIAR, LIAR, LIAR….HE LIES
    LIAR
    LIAR

  15. touchdownroddywhite says: Feb 18, 2011 4:37 PM

    Finishing the year on IR three years running is classified as incapable of playing in my book. I thought they should have cut Sanders last off-season. You guys think sponsors would pay you what they do if you wrote 19% of the articles you’re required to?

  16. toe4 says: Feb 18, 2011 4:44 PM

    You should always remember that Bill Polian only practices surface PR 101.

    Meaning, he tells you whatever it is that is in his best interest today.

  17. jasoncnz says: Feb 18, 2011 7:39 PM

    Are you serious? That was a year and a half ago. That is a lifetime in the NFL. And btw, that interview was after Bob Sanders had been placed on IR in the middle of the 2009 season. And it was regarding whether or not he would be back with the team in 2010, which of course he was!

  18. patpatriotagain says: Feb 19, 2011 3:05 AM

    as a patriots fan i hate bill polyann, but if you watched any football, bob sanders cannot play. hes is D-U-N.

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