James Sanders says he’s signing with Cardinals

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Twitter has shaken up the past method of announcing signings with players sometimes breaking the word of their plans before the teams.

That appears to be the case with free agent safety James Sanders and the Cardinals. Sanders tweeted Wednesday afternoon that joining the Cardinals is “a done deal.” There hasn’t been any confirmation from the team at this point, but Sanders was in for a visit on Tuesday.

Sanders spent 2011 with the Falcons, starting in six of the 15 games he played with the team. He was with the Patriots for the six years before that and spent 2007 and 2008 as a regular starter before giving way to others in the ever-changing scene that has been the New England secondary in recent years. The Pats cut Sanders during training camp last year.

Sanders, who has been better against the run than the pass in his career, has also played a lot of special teams over the years, something that figures to be a big part of his role in the desert as well. The rest of his role will be providing depth behind Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes. With Sanders in the fold, it might mean Hamza Abdullah, an unrestricted free agent, will be moving on from the team.