The Jaguars have flown in free agent safety Bob Sanders, who was recently released from his contract in Indianapolis. Through much of Sanders first four seasons in the NFL, he was one of the top safeties in the league as referenced by his two first-team All Pro selections.
So would Sanders be a good fit for the Jags?
The quick answer is yes, as long as the money is right.
Sanders has had numerous injuries in recent years which has held him out of action in 39 of the Colts last 48 regular season contests. Before you say no thanks, go ahead and put on the film of how the Jaguars safeties played last season. Don Carey was one of the worst football players in the league, and probably the worst player who saw action on a full-time basis. Courtney Greene wasn't much better, and his presence was sorely missed when he went down with injury and Jaguars fans had to endure the bad angles of Sean Considine.
Make no mistake, the Jaguars have a desperation situation at safety, and this season's safety prospects aren't exactly making team's drool. If the Jaguars are going to try and compete for a playoff spot, the must receive better play from the back end of their defense.
When Bob Sanders is healthy, he is not only a physical presence that helped the Indianapolis Colts stop the run, but he also defended the ball in air very well. Simply put, if healthy Bob Sanders would be the best safety that the Jaguars have ever suited up.
For those who believe that Sanders may never be healthy again, those are legitimate concerns. Those particular concerns are why Bob Sanders isn't going to break the bank in Jacksonville or likely anywhere else. If Sanders is signed to a moderate, incentive-laden deal he would prove to be an immediate upgrade to the worst safety duo in football.
If Sanders is signed and can't play a down for the Jaguars, the risk would be minimal. It's clearly a low-risk, potentially high-reward signing. The Jaguars wasted nearly $3 million last year on their safeties and received horrible play.
Bob Sanders is making Jacksonville his first stop and don't expect a deal to come out of this in the next 24-48 hours no matter how much he likes the team. Sanders and his agent will be collecting offers to shop around the league in hopes of maximizing value. With the Jaguars current situation at safety, their leverage is minimal, even with a player who has missed a large portion of the last three seasons.
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