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Vikings could provide new home for Bob Sanders

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When the Colts did what team president Bill Polian said the team would never do and cut safety Bob Sanders, the best argument against severing ties with the 2007 NFL defensive player of the year came from the possibility that Sanders’ injuries had been the product of one of the worst runs of bad luck in the history of pro sports — and from the possibility that the Colts would have to deal with a healthy Sanders twice per year as a member of the Texans, Titans, or Jaguars.

As Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune explains it, there’s a chance that Sanders will be looking not only to a different division but also to a different conference.

Sanders played for the Colts when Vikings coach Leslie Frazier served as a key assistant to Tony Dungy.  Frazier now is the first-year coach in Minnesota, and the Vikings could use an upgrade over Madieu Williams, Husain Abdullah, and/or Tyrell Johnson.  The obvious dots connect in a manner that brings Sanders to the Twin Cities.

The key question is whether Sanders can stay healthy.  Another big challenge comes from devising a way to pay Sanders in light of his injury history.  In lieu of large signing or roster bonuses, devices like the per-game roster bonus would help protect the team while also compensating Sanders if he can suit up and play.

In three years, Sanders has played in only nine games.  He suffered a torn biceps tendon in Week One of the 2010 season.  The Colts held a spot for him throughout much of the season before placing him on injured reserve.

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64 Responses to “Vikings could provide new home for Bob Sanders”
  1. pervyharvin says: Feb 20, 2011 2:15 PM

    Bring him on in! Gambling pays off at times.If he stays healthy it would be a major upgrade for the Vikings.

  2. blahman64 says: Feb 20, 2011 2:15 PM

    *Husain* Abdullah is worth keeping around since he’s not that expensive to keep. Tyrell Johnson needs to go.

  3. iknowfootballandyoudont says: Feb 20, 2011 2:16 PM

    Why would ANY team want Sanders? the guy is as brittle as a 10 foot long toothpick.
    He collected millions over the past years doing nothing.
    9 games in 3 years.
    Hmm, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that he should be passed on.
    But then again, Danny Snyder will probably sign him to a 10 year – 100 million dollar contract.

  4. doublefatnasty says: Feb 20, 2011 2:18 PM

    He would definatly be a huge upgrade when healthy.

  5. supersuckers3 says: Feb 20, 2011 2:26 PM

    As of now this is only a rumor but if this turns out to be accurate will the Vikings ever learn? You draft, develop and retain. Castaways are not the answer! Unreal.

  6. SpartaChris says: Feb 20, 2011 2:31 PM

    Oh yeah, this is a total Vikings type move. Personally, I would *LOVE* the Vikings to throw money at and give a roster spot to a guy who’s played in 9 games since 2007 and almost 43% of the games of his total career.

  7. prior0knowledge says: Feb 20, 2011 2:31 PM

    iknowfootballandyoudont , you are an idiot. the fact that he has previously been overpaid means nothing now. All that counts is that when he is healthy he is a good player, but seems to be injured a lot. So a simple pay-for-play protection gets a good safety at a reasonable price.

    If you did know anything about football, you’d know that “bang-for-the-buck” is an important principle.

  8. shaggytoodle says: Feb 20, 2011 2:32 PM

    @Pervy

    The Vikings have gambled A TON, some of it has paid off like Allen being able to quit drinking. There has been a LOT of gambling that hasn’t paid, like giving a extension to what alot of people thought was a mediocre coach, waiting for Favre to come out of retirement, Rice waiting all off-season to have surgery, and trading out of the first round, and having the Saints take the guy they wanted.

    They always seem to go for the quick fix, and it winds up biting them in the rear in around two years.

  9. jw731 says: Feb 20, 2011 2:32 PM

    Vikings huh..Sounds about right……The land of misfit toys adds another…….perfect

  10. santorin4 says: Feb 20, 2011 2:34 PM

    When the Colts did what team president Bill Polian said the team would never do and cut safety Bob Sanders, the best argument against severing ties with the 2007 NFL defensive player of the year came from the possibility that Sanders’ injuries had been the product of one of the worst runs of bad luck in the history of pro sports — and from the possibility that the Colts would have to deal with a healthy Sanders twice per year as a member of the Texans, Titans, or Jaguars.

    *******************************************

    Hey, let’s have a contest and see how many words you can fit into one sentence….

  11. garyman1 says: Feb 20, 2011 2:40 PM

    As a Packer fan, I love it. Pay him a lot of money to go on IR.

  12. bighairyman says: Feb 20, 2011 2:42 PM

    Don’t want don’t want no short short man

  13. jeff061 says: Feb 20, 2011 2:44 PM

    when healthy…this guy has spent 90% of his career the last 3 years on the sidelines. He’s worth signing (minimum plus a bag of chips) but i wouldn’t count on him for anything except coaching up the young guys

  14. hobartbaker says: Feb 20, 2011 2:46 PM

    Polian promised the players he’d find a good home for old Bob. Some of them were afraid he’d be put down.

  15. sakatak says: Feb 20, 2011 2:48 PM

    @pervyharvin
    gambling pays off less than 50% of the time, why do you think casinos make so much money. Vikings still have no clue, draft and develop is the key to success. Good luck with your gambling philosphy.

  16. nssmuckers says: Feb 20, 2011 2:52 PM

    Bob Sanders is the league’s greatest excuse.

    Once he’s put on IR for Minnesota, we can look forward to hearing what an elite defense they would have if only Bob Sanders were healthy.

    At least it means no one can have the audacity to bring him up if the Colts go through a rough spell next year.

  17. profootballwalk says: Feb 20, 2011 2:53 PM

    every time a guy is cut, the media tells us that he’ll go to a team where a former coach works now. Does that mean that no other coaches in the league know the guy’s work? It’s not like a guy’s coaches know secrets about him – everyone sees him play on the field, and that’s all that matters.

  18. oldcracker says: Feb 20, 2011 2:54 PM

    And where will that “home” be…L.A.???

  19. tfbuckfutter says: Feb 20, 2011 3:01 PM

    iknowfootballandyoudont says: Feb 20, 2011 2:16 PM
    Why would ANY team want Sanders? the guy is as brittle as a 10 foot long toothpick.

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    You’re assuming any team that signs him doesn’t realize what a huge risk it is, and would also be paying him top-of-the-line money.

    No one in the NFL is dumb enough to do that….well, maybe whoever pulled the trigger on Eric Mangini’s contract with the Browns, but no one else.

    I think he’d be a fine addition as long as you don’t actually count on him. If you have low expectations and he has 4 or 5 good games, awesome. If he injures himself early, it’s ok because you were expecting it. If he returns to form, and you’re paying him nothing, that’s a huge win.

  20. Matt-NC says: Feb 20, 2011 3:16 PM

    pervyharvin says: Feb 20, 2011 2:15 PM

    Bring him on in! Gambling pays off at times.
    ———————————————————-

    Did you really say that? Really?

  21. ejmat2 says: Feb 20, 2011 3:20 PM

    If healthy he is an upgrade and definately could be an impact. Atogwe is now available and I woul choose him over Sanders only because of Sanders’ health issues. I would mind Asomugha when he becomes available. Of course Atogwe and Asomugha will be pretty expensive but what they hey, it isn’t coming out of my pocket.

  22. jebdamone says: Feb 20, 2011 3:20 PM

    of course we would go after a guy that has only played 9 games in the last three years. don’t get me wrong, sanders is one of the best safeties i have ever seen…when he is on the field, but that is a huge risk at this point. good idea if the contract is right and he gets paid for playing but i would much rather see the vikings go after oj atogwe, whom was just released by the rams yesterday. i also like hussain abdullah and jamarca sanford. i think both did very good jobs considering their experience. tyrell and madieu should have both been cut already.

  23. football2011 says: Feb 20, 2011 3:21 PM

    Providing he signs a low salary contract with incentives, I think he would be good gamble.

  24. moneymike23 says: Feb 20, 2011 3:23 PM

    Bring in another washed up player and overpay him? Typical of the vikings.

  25. freedomispopular says: Feb 20, 2011 3:31 PM

    I’m sure they’ll have a spot on the bench for him when he’s eventually on IR.

  26. wtfru2 says: Feb 20, 2011 3:32 PM

    Whats the risk? With Tyrell Johnson in there its like playing with 10 men anyway….. If Bob only played half the games its still a 50 percent upgrade from what they currently have…

  27. senky3 says: Feb 20, 2011 3:33 PM

    my question is do the vikes want him. i don’t watch many afc teams, but it seems to me that sanders makes alot of questionable hits. he, imo, hits late and high. maybe it is just me but i was never impressed with him, and his imjury problem

  28. ahgeez says: Feb 20, 2011 3:36 PM

    Would be awesome if jerry jones could brung him in for Dallas.. Granted he isn’t injured for the majority of the season.

  29. lbpackfan says: Feb 20, 2011 3:36 PM

    The Vikings can provide a home for Bob Sanders? Metrodome? TCF Field? Detroit? Los Angeles? Where exactly

  30. canadianvikingfaniii says: Feb 20, 2011 3:50 PM

    That would be a horrible mistake. Madieu Williams and Tyrell Johnson need to go and be replaced but not with a guy who guarantees you he won’t make it to the end of the season.

    We need youth, not more age.

  31. vikinghater says: Feb 20, 2011 3:55 PM

    Who will be the next hero to lead the Queens to the promised land this year?? Will it be a veteran, or, a draft pick. Every year its always “we couldn’t believe that guy was still there” on the draft board.STAY TUNNED LADIES AND GENTLEMAN.

    GO PACK!!!!! AS ALWAYS!!!

  32. jasoncnz says: Feb 20, 2011 4:03 PM

    As someone who watched him play every second of every single one of his 47 games, I can tell you that it absolutely could be a steal for someone. People forget just how good this guy was! From 2005 to 2007 he was talked about in the same way that Revis is today. Lets take a look: He was named the 1st Team ALL-PRO in 2005 while coming in 2nd in the Defensive MVP voting that year. In 2006 he missed the first 12 games of the season, during which the Colts broke the NFL record for rushing yards allowed, rushing yards per attempt, and pretty much every other negative run statistic there is. They were without question a historically bad defense…and then came Bobzilla! He came back from his injury in week 13 and completely turned around a defensive unit that ultimately led the Colts to the Super Bowl victory, where he could have easily been named the MVP. Then comes 2007, when he amassed arguably the best season for a DB in the History of the League! He was awarded the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, the NFL Defensive MVP, the 1st Team ALL-PRO, and pretty much every other award they could bestow upon him. So for THREE YEARS, Bob was the guy! People started using Bobzilla for all of those Chuck Norris jokes. He wasnt just the best Safety in the league, or the best DB, he was the BEST Defensive PLAYER in the league.

    Of course we all know what happend next. He had a series of unrelated freak injuries that ultimately forced him to miss the bulk of the next 3 years, which is an eternaty in NFL time. As a result, the majority of people have forgotten just how great he really was. Now, can he ever be that again? Who knows! I do know that the injuries were not dabilitating long term. The last 2 years were missed because of a torn bicep (both sides). Which is essentually fixed like a tommy john surgery and is said to be stronger than before once fixed. I also know that 30 is not old for a DB, especially one who hasnt been taking any hits for all this time. He essentually has 3 years of NFL wear on his body. I think somebody is going to turn their entire defense around on a low risk gamble. The question is, who’s it gonna be?

  33. dbellina says: Feb 20, 2011 4:12 PM

    @blahman64, Tyrell doesn’t need to go, Mad Will needs to go. Tyrell is still young and we are paying way too much money to keep Madieu Williams around.

  34. tucknrolle says: Feb 20, 2011 4:28 PM

    What’s the risk in bringing this guy in. Like I said before, he is not going to get a large contract and he he plays well then you have an all-pro safety at a small price. If he gets hurt then he gets hurt and you cut ties. Two bicep injuries don’t compare to knee, back or neck injuries. Let’s say he doesn’t get hurt, he is 28, he’ll be around for a while.

  35. lilevil74 says: Feb 20, 2011 4:29 PM

    Bob has to know he will have to take a drastic pay cut to keep playing. I can see a guy like Pioli offering him a short term, performance based contract. The Chiefs have a ton of money to spend and Pioli has a love for Iowa products. I could also see Pioli signing Robert Gallery as well. Gallery is a good run blocker and the Chiefs strength is the run. Bob has shown signs of greatness. Even though his injuries seemed to be of a freak nature, he has been labeled. But even if it were for just 3 games, it would be exciting to see him play opposite Eric Berry.

  36. randymossblewit says: Feb 20, 2011 4:32 PM

    Torn muscles and similar injuries are usually the result of too much steroid use. Perfect example is an unnamed player that just signed with Buffalo. Vikings better do there homework.

  37. santorin4 says: Feb 20, 2011 4:38 PM

    The PAY-for-Play concept is a terrible one. The goal is not to save money, but to win games/championships. IF he gets hurt you may save money but it won’t make your team any better.

  38. vikinghater says: Feb 20, 2011 4:39 PM

    jasoncnz says:
    Feb 20, 2011 4:03 PM
    As someone who watched him play every second of every single one of his 47 games, I can tell you that it absolutely could be a steal for someone. People forget just how good this guy was!

    Yah…..Was is the key word…mutton head!!

  39. vikinghater says: Feb 20, 2011 4:42 PM

    ahgeez says:
    Feb 20, 2011 3:36 PM
    Would be awesome if jerry jones could brung him in for Dallas.. Granted he isn’t injured for the majority of the season.

    ———————————————————Brung?????? Are you a Queen Fan?????

  40. uncommon1 says: Feb 20, 2011 5:30 PM

    9 games in the last 3 seasons? That means hes fresh. If the Vikes can’t address their needs at safety in the draft (or choose not to, so they can fill other holes) Bob Sanders would be a venture worth taking. The upside is far greater than the downside. Worst case sceario, he gets paid $4 million-ish and doesn’t preform worth a damn. Every team over pays at some point. This would be the first risk the Vikes have taken under Leslie Frazier

  41. packerman13 says: Feb 20, 2011 5:35 PM

    Too bad he doesnt play QB the last QB you guys picked up worked out so well. Typical Vikings grasping at straws.

  42. gbfan says: Feb 20, 2011 5:59 PM

    It appears the Vikings have overtaken the Raiders as the top team where players go to die.

  43. deconjonesbitchslap says: Feb 20, 2011 6:06 PM

    a one-legged, one-armed, bob sanders is better than madieu williams or tyrell johnson, combined.

  44. tfbuckfutter says: Feb 20, 2011 6:15 PM

    santorin4 says: Feb 20, 2011 4:38 PM
    The PAY-for-Play concept is a terrible one. The goal is not to save money, but to win games/championships. IF he gets hurt you may save money but it won’t make your team any better.

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    How do you figure?

    If you have a Safety who is middling, and you bring in Bob Sanders and still keep the middling safety, how is your team not better? If he gets hurt, middling safety goes back into the starting role. You have the potential to have an explosive player, and you STILL have the middling player. Thus, you are at least as good with the potential to be better.

  45. shiftyshellshocked says: Feb 20, 2011 6:25 PM

    For a performance based contract, it would be worth a gamble for any team.

  46. pervyharvin says: Feb 20, 2011 6:56 PM

    jasoncnz gets it. Good post.

  47. robinyount19 says: Feb 20, 2011 7:01 PM

    A playoff team(obviously not the vikings) should sign him and keep him deactivated until the playoffs. If you’re lucky he’ll make it through alive.

  48. mymazdaluvsme says: Feb 20, 2011 7:08 PM

    I don’t see the Vikes making the move to bring Sanders in, even though he has history w coach Frazier. Too risky, but I am no NFL owner or coach.
    Too many good safeties on the market (Atogwe-who is engaged to Singletary’s daughter would be my #1) but more are sure to come as/if the season rolls on. I don’t see a trade happening either since we do have holes to fill through out the team. Abdullah and Johnson have issues getting burnt, personally I think Abdullah is garbage. And of course, we have the draft, but a 4-5 round pick may be no better then what we currently have.
    ALSO–
    I always find it funny that packer fans feel the need to read every Vikings article and comment on it. I have always hated the pac and would never waiste my time reading about your team and see what your obnoxious, hot aired fans have to say.. I assume you have your own websites and blogs for that.

  49. goombar2 says: Feb 20, 2011 9:43 PM

    I dunno if this is a vikings kinda guy?

    Small for his position? Check.
    Bad injury history? Check.
    Past his Prime? 7th year – Check.
    Really splashy? Check.
    Cost a lot for very little production? Check!

    I think someone’s found a new home! Too bad he doesn’t have big hands, cause they could try him out at Qb…

  50. sakatak says: Feb 20, 2011 9:47 PM

    @mymazdaluvsme

    Packer fans own their team, thats why they say we when talking about their team.

    Viking fans own every article written about them, what else do you have to be proud of ?

  51. seewise says: Feb 20, 2011 9:50 PM

    Remember that guy you used to work with and learned the ropes from, to then later get transferred to another branch, later to re-group with this guy because he was givin’ a few options and moves to your branch, because out of the options, he respects your style of coaching? that’s this guy, he could work well with Winfield. How about the Saints with Sharper.

  52. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Feb 20, 2011 9:53 PM

    That would be a big pickup if he can stay healthy… If he were to be added, the vikes would have to change their scheme a bit. I don’t see him dropping back as a cover 2 safety all game.

  53. popolover says: Feb 20, 2011 9:53 PM

    iknowfootballandyoudont:
    Hmm, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that he should be passed on.

    ——-
    Does this mean Polian is no longer a genius, since it took him 3 years to figure this out?

  54. seewise says: Feb 20, 2011 10:01 PM

    If you don ‘t like The Minnesota Vikings it’s a waste of your and our time. duh.

  55. lilsmoky says: Feb 20, 2011 10:18 PM

    When I clicked on the link I was thinking about Bob Sanders the d-coordinator. Seriously haven’t the Raiders signed this guy yet?

  56. jcdurden88 says: Feb 20, 2011 11:15 PM

    welcome to bob!

  57. ticewasbetter says: Feb 20, 2011 11:33 PM

    Wow. For every Viking post there are at least 10 pervyharvin wanna-be-Packer fans posting compared to the 1 pervy on a Packer story. You won the world champioship, act like it and show some class.

    You guys really are an embarassment to the Lombardi trophy you so deeply desire. ‘Lord Vince’ would just shake his head in disgust.

    Anyway, what about Bob? We didn’t go after Brian Dawkins and look how well that worked, at least bring Sanders in on a one yr deal.

  58. packersrule52 says: Feb 21, 2011 12:03 AM

    It’d be worth the risk. Madieu Williams was probably the worst starting safety in the league, Abdullah just isn’t an NFL starter, and Tyrell Johnson is bad. Hard to play cover 2 with one of the worst safety tandems in the league.

  59. leroysbutler says: Feb 21, 2011 6:31 AM

    Hey Pervy – I hear Ronnie Lott is available.

  60. nickynick04 says: Feb 21, 2011 8:15 AM

    Let me try to understand this…The Viking’s plan to win the Super Bowl, is to check out the waiver wire……Hmmm…interesting !
    Ok Vikes …..keep up the good work….We’ll show TT in Green Bay how to build a winner…” draft..we dont need no stinking draft “…..
    is’nt it funny the eagles are doing the same thing,,picking up HIGH RISK players off the waiver wire…excuse me…between them, how many Super Bowls have they won..?
    Thank you !

  61. nickynick04 says: Feb 21, 2011 8:18 AM

    mymazdaluvsme says:
    Feb 20, 2011 7:08 PM
    I don’t see the Vikes making the move to bring Sanders in, even though he has history w coach Frazier. Too risky, but I am no NFL owner or coach.
    Too many good safeties on the market (Atogwe-who is engaged to Singletary’s daughter would be my #1) but more are sure to come as/if the season rolls on. I don’t see a trade happening either since we do have holes to fill through out the team. Abdullah and Johnson have issues getting burnt, personally I think Abdullah is garbage. And of course, we have the draft, but a 4-5 round pick may be no better then what we currently have.
    ALSO–
    I always find it funny that packer fans feel the need to read every Vikings article and comment on it. I have always hated the pac and would never waiste my time reading about your team and see what your obnoxious, hot aired fans have to say.. I assume you have your own websites and blogs for that

    WOW ARE YOU IN THE DARK….go check out the Packer’s articles…COVERED WITH VIKING FANS COMMENTING….and bashing….
    The Packer’s waiver wire list is the Viking’s plan to win the Super Bowl

  62. nickynick04 says: Feb 21, 2011 8:24 AM

    pervyharvin says:
    Feb 20, 2011 6:56 PM
    jasoncnz gets it. Good post

    Waiver wire pick ups is ” getting it “…
    “COME ON MAN ! “

  63. jackfactor says: Feb 21, 2011 8:43 AM

    Wow – As a Packers fan I would love that.
    There is always a desire to bring in a “name” in the offseason. The desperation is mostly from fans who don’t know a lick about building a winning team.

    There is a reason why the Colts cut him and money is only one of them. He slipped down the draft board because of his size. He surprised almost everyone with his awesome brutality and ability.

    The problem is at that size and with the way he plays, the injuries began to pile up. Averaging 3 games a year for the past three seasons.

    Fans of teams that imploded last year will be throwing names around like Packers fans did two years ago after going 6-10. “Haynesworth”, “Adalius”, etc. Good GMs will will build their teams for immediate impact but more importantly, long term success.
    That is why Snyder is such a terrible owner and micro manager in Washington. All those big name signings and lack of development.
    The Vikings need to establish a franchise QB and shore up their aging lines and grow their DBs through the draft unless a true PTP can be signed.
    Signing Sanders is not coin flip. It is a 18.75% games played average over the last three years.

    Now, put down the Purple Kool -Aid get over to the MetroDump and help shovel, Pervy. Lord knows that bubble could burst again before Wilf rents some Modell buses next year and heads for sunshine and quakes.

  64. brewdogg says: Feb 22, 2011 1:54 AM

    supersuckers3 says: Feb 20, 2011 2:26 PM

    As of now this is only a rumor but if this turns out to be accurate will the Vikings ever learn? You draft, develop and retain. Castaways are not the answer! Unreal.

    You mean castaways like Charles Woodson? You know, that Raiders CB who was coming off two injury-shortened seasons and only signed that giant 7-year deal with the Packers because he had no other options? Hypocrisy does not become the defending SB champs. Don’t make the people from Wisconsin look bad, okay?

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