Sanders was a vital piece to the Colts defense from 2004-2007, as he won the Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2007, went to the Pro Bowl in both 2005 and 2007, and helped Indy win Super Bowl XLI over the Chicago Bears in February of 2007.
But Sanders played in just nine games over the past three years after signing a $37 million contract in early 2008. The Colts paid him $7.1 million in ’08, $3.95 million in ’08 and $5.5 million in 2010, which was obviously a highly experience price to pay a player that only performed in nine games.
He was due $5.5 million in 2011 with a $500,000 offseason workout bonus, so the writing was on the wall last year when he suffered a biceps injury in Week 1 against the Texans. The injury caused him to miss the entire season and seeing as how he hasn’t been a part of Indy’s defense for three years now, it was time for them to move on.
Teams like the Jaguars, Cowboys, Texans, Eagles and Bengals may show interest in Sanders, depending on how the CBA deal plays out. One landing spot that makes a ton of sense is Dallas, which could use the upgrade in the secondary after hiring new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com, the Colts are 14/1 to win the 2012 Super Bowl.