After being hired, Dimitroff tried to get Sanders in 2008, but Sanders had another year remaining on his contract. The Falcons ended up signing Erik Coleman instead.
In 2009, when Sanders was on the market, the Falcons were already tied into Coleman and had just drafted William Moore in the second round.
This time around, when Sanders was unexpectedly released by the Patriots, they were able to strike a one-year deal.
"It feels very good to be reunited with the person who drafted you and originally got you into this league," Sanders said. "I feel great about this opportunity. I'm excited to come here and go to work."
Sanders has played strong and free safety. He will compete for time against returning starters Thomas Decoud and Moore.
"In professional football, you have to welcome it," DeCoud said of a player being added at his position. "It's only going to make us better as a team and me better as a player. It's only going to be a good thing for us as a team, for us as a whole."
DeCoud was drafted in the third round of the 2008 draft and has started 33 straight games over the last two seasons.
Moore, a second-round pick in 2009, started 16 games last season.
"It's just another good player trying to help out and get this thing done this year," DeCoud said
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