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Steelers host James Sanders

James Sanders, Matt Ryan AP

The Steelers, who are in need of veteran safety depth, are hosting free agent James Sanders on Thursday, Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest reported.

The 29-year-old Sanders played 15 games as a reserve for Arizona in 2012, notching 19 tackles on defense. He was also a key contributor on special teams. Sanders has made 56 career starts, 50 of which came for New England from 2005-2010. He also had a one-season stint with Atlanta in 2011.

The Steelers have lost their top two reserve safeties in free agency, with Will Allen joining the Cowboys and Ryan Mundy signing with the Giants. Safety depth is especially important for the Steelers with Troy Polamalu missing at least two games in five of the last seven seasons.

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36 Responses to “Steelers host James Sanders”
  1. dryzzt23 says: Mar 28, 2013 1:06 PM

    Steelers should’ve signed Michael Huff.

  2. descendency says: Mar 28, 2013 1:20 PM

    I wonder what the odds of him ending up back in NE on a vet minimum deal is.

    He was an OK safety when he was here.

  3. ravennation52 says: Mar 28, 2013 1:25 PM

    Pitts burgh couldn’t afford Huff. Plus he said he wanted to play for a winner.

  4. ravensdominate says: Mar 28, 2013 1:26 PM

    Lol the steelers are going to be awful next year. Dummerville, Suggs and Ngata coming after you, Big Ben. Run for your life.

    Ravens, World Champs, kings of the AFC North

    Out

  5. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 28, 2013 1:26 PM

    Our omnipotence know no bounds. Wow.

  6. modellforprez says: Mar 28, 2013 1:36 PM

    i know colberts hands are tied more like shackled. but him and or omar khan need to clear more space to sign players we do need. like a starting running back linebacker safety help a wideout to replace “i am the money” wallace or their 8-8 team will be 4-12

  7. wolverine69 says: Mar 28, 2013 1:40 PM

    we whooped the ravens last year with back-up…anyone we put on the field we’ll dominate the RATBIRDS….

  8. wolverine69 says: Mar 28, 2013 1:43 PM

    with our knew o-line we will dominate your weakened def….and your secondary is garbagge…..ben will set new highs in passing yards…..welsome to the basement of the AFC NORTH…BACONATOR….

  9. blindmansaidwhat says: Mar 28, 2013 1:46 PM

    Can’t wait for the Ravens fall back to obscurity this season…it will greatly eliminate the ramblings of their dillusional fans.

  10. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 28, 2013 1:52 PM

    Sanders was a good but not great player when he was with the Pats.

    Not a bad pickup if the Steelers grab him, but not a great one. Will probably fit well as the 2nd or 3rd string safety but not a starter at this point in his career.

  11. originalsteelcurtain says: Mar 28, 2013 2:00 PM

    Raventrolls worry about your own team. I know you are new at this, but the only thing harder than winning a SB is repeating.

    You guys are MUCH to full of yo-selves. Re-watch the Charlie Batch beat-down at Rat Stadium to learn about the fine line of winning and losing in the NFL. Steelers lost 5 games last year by 3 points while trying to overcome a ridiculous # of lost games to starters.

    Steelers are reloading as usual…just need to draft a couple of playmakers early and we are fine. The Ratbird / Steeler home-and-home will determine the AFC North.

    Learn, young Ratbird fan, learn!

  12. ravensdominate says: Mar 28, 2013 2:09 PM

    We’re delusional!!! No we’re world champs. You didn’t make the playoffs and are putting an even worse team out there this year. Goodnight 3rd place in the North. Sorry the bungles are better than you now.

    World champs

    Out

  13. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 28, 2013 2:10 PM

    6 rings

  14. lovefootball4life says: Mar 28, 2013 2:12 PM

    Things must be desperate if you are “hosting” not “signing” a player that made 19 tackles last year. Wonder why this article was even posted?

  15. ravensdominate says: Mar 28, 2013 2:38 PM

    Loll!!! 6 rings 6 rings lol. 4 rings were I ER 40 years ago!!! Ravens have been here for 17 years and already have two and most importantly they have the most recent. 6 rings… What a joke.

  16. notwithkubiak says: Mar 28, 2013 2:52 PM

    Ravens were formally the Browns, so other than a name change and city change, they’ve been around since 1944, right? So technically it’s 2 rings in the 47 Super Bowls that have been played.

  17. ravensdominate says: Mar 28, 2013 3:13 PM

    Umm no because the browns got their team back and kep their original records so no that argument doesn’t work, pal.

  18. bigdaddydooko says: Mar 28, 2013 3:17 PM

    Haha. Ravensdominate said “We’re Delusional” and ended it with three exclamation points. Ravens fans finally admit it.

  19. notwithkubiak says: Mar 28, 2013 3:37 PM

    Even if the records stayed in Cleveland, that doesn’t change the fact that it was the exact same team, with the exact same owner. Had there been say a 1 year break and the team reconstituted as the Ravens, then maybe your theory will work, but it doesn’t.

  20. ravensdominate says: Mar 28, 2013 3:46 PM

    Not with kubiak: whatever helps you sleep at night!

    Ravens = WORLD CHAMPS

  21. steel420 says: Mar 28, 2013 3:46 PM

    ravensdominate says:
    Mar 28, 2013 2:09 PM
    We’re delusional!!!
    ……….
    YES, yes you are.

  22. ravenator says: Mar 28, 2013 3:57 PM

    Im enjoying reading ravensdominate comments. Hes spot on. It’s only a matter of time before Steeler fans start admitting their team is in the gutter. There is no hope for you Pittsburgh. Nothing good will come this season. You will still lose the division, still miss the playoffs, and probably will be surpassed by the lowly browns but the good news is youll have a nice draft pick in 2014 to find another 1st rd bust. Cheers!

  23. scoobies05 says: Mar 28, 2013 4:03 PM

    i do love this arguement. the ravens are the ravens and the browns are the browns. yes the team in cleveland did move to baltimore but at that point the browns records were frozen and the ravens records started from scratch. at that point all ties from the browns were severed. when the brown reformed their records, stats, etc were put with the old browns record prior to 1996. not delusional, not revisionist history. thats what the nfl determined.

  24. steel2372 says: Mar 28, 2013 4:09 PM

    We will dominate the Ratbirds. As the nest burns….. The Steelers will be better than the comments I’m reading here. We will see in the fall. Its easy for a Ravens fan to sit here and say oh on paper we look better than them. That’s why the game is played. Go Steelers!!!

  25. steel2372 says: Mar 28, 2013 4:11 PM

    ravensdominate

    How can you sit here and say 6 championships a joke? 6 is better than 2. It doesn’t matter when they were won! That is part of history! That’s the bottom line. We have more championships than the Ravens do! Period! End of story!

    Out!

  26. lovefootball4life says: Mar 28, 2013 4:17 PM

    Thanks scoobie you beat me to it. The period of 96 to 98 the Browns were “suspended”, meaning not in action. All the awards prior to 96 are credited to the Browns officially which was established in 1946.

  27. ravenator says: Mar 28, 2013 4:20 PM

    Who won the last championship – I rest my case. Just admit it, you rather be in our position – defending the superbowl. I mean seriously, who wouldn’t want that

  28. ravensdominate says: Mar 28, 2013 4:28 PM

    Cool lets keep bringing up the browns! Ok then to that note, I guess Baltimore also hangs on to all the colts super bowls and championships too right??? Face it losers, the steelers are the third maybe fourth best team in the division and the “Rat Birds” are kings of the NFL.

    World Champs. Best franchise in the league. THE RAVENS.

    Out

  29. fyocker says: Mar 28, 2013 5:12 PM

    Aww how cute @ravenator has a new girlfriend @ravensdominate. I bet you guys read all the Steeler articles together by candlelight. It must have been a romantic night reading an article about the Steelers hosting James Sanders and giggling over how you both think the Steelers will finish 3rd. It was all fun until someone reminded you that the Ravens moved from Cleveland and once were called the Browns they then the tears started flowing.

  30. bleedblackngold96 says: Mar 28, 2013 5:31 PM

    @ravenator if we dont say that the steelers are going in the gutter then what makes you think well do it anytime soon? enjoy the superbowl hangover and missing the playoffs and shut yo b!tch @$$ up

  31. ravensdominate says: Mar 28, 2013 5:38 PM

    Once again! Ravens = Wotld Champs.

    Sleep tight

  32. scoobies05 says: Mar 28, 2013 5:46 PM

    no problem loves football. just trying to educate the misinformed. and on the same note…yes the steelers have 6 and the ravens have 2. but the ravens are the defending champs and right now they are the better franchise. who knows what 2013 will bring..but i like the ravens chances better than the steelers. long way to go to week 1. go ravens

  33. ravenatorridestheshortbus says: Mar 28, 2013 6:16 PM

    All the Raventrolls have to come here to pound thier chest…. that will end soon. You are about to experience a superbowl hangover this comming season. The city of Champions will be hoisting Lord Stanley soon, (oh ya, where’s your Flyers at?), and that will get us throught the rebuild/reload years.

  34. ravensman says: Mar 28, 2013 8:18 PM

    ravenatorridestheshortbus says: Mar 28, 2013 6:16 PM

    All the Raventrolls have to come here to pound thier chest

    I don’t recall coming here and pounding my chest, but you did say “All the Raventrolls” do. So here’s your shot to silence one of us Ravens fans – show proof that I have done so. One of us is obviously lying,
    so go ahead and make yourself an online hero by proving I did! Bet you can’t!
    What ever happened to the friendly Steeler fans that liked to discuss football on here?

  35. 1mommicked1 says: Mar 28, 2013 8:26 PM

    Love the Steelers, but Troy is NOT carrying his weight. Hurt too much, too reckless with his body when he is ‘healthy’, missed way too many games when the team needs him. Play every game this year or do the right thing and go away.

  36. scoobies05 says: Mar 28, 2013 9:10 PM

    right steel..and when the game of the super bowl was played the ravens won it. steelers were nowhere to be found
    as the steel melts

    go ravens

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