Deion Sanders was waived yesterday by the Washington Redskins from their Reserve-Retired list and the Chargers were one of five teams to place a claim for the 35-year-old, seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback from Florida State. Sanders finished his career with 474 tackles, 385 of them solo, 48 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles and eight touchdowns.
The other remaining teams who put in bids were the Chiefs, Colts, Steelers and Titans. Waiver selections are made in inverse order of the standings. The Chiefs and Chargers are both 8-7, but the Chargers get an earlier waiver pick because they have a weaker schedule than do the Chiefs.
"We will always do what's in the best interest of the San Diego Chargers, for now and for the future,'' Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer said in a statement. "We have not been eliminated from playoff contention. We're not going to concede anything to what could be a potential playoff opponent. We're going to continue to put ourselves in the best possible position to be successful.
"Should Deion decide he wants to play in the future, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss that with him at the appropriate time,'' Schottenheimer said.
The most important aspect of all these claims was it blocked the Raiders from getting Sanders who could aid their quest for a Championship. There is no love between the Chargers and the Raiders so it is only fitting that the Chargers claim would prove to be the winning one.
Sanders will surely not return to the NFL this season after being stalled by the Chargers. The only way the Raiders could have returned to play this year is if he cleared waivers. Then Oakland, or any other team, would have been free to sign him.
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