Insider Report: Colts Safety Bob Sanders

Colts safety Bob Sanders showed up in Phoenix this week with his arm in a sling following his second consecutive offseason shoulder surgery. Learn more about it and some new details that's Ed Thompson has obtained about Sanders' five-year extension that was signed in December.

Indianapolis Colts safety Bob Sanders appeared in Phoenix during Super Bowl week wearing a sling and said that he had recently undergone shoulder surgery. But he said it was a minor procedure to clear out some debris and that his recovery time was only expected to be about three weeks.

"Went and got a scope, had things cleaned out," he told  "No need to worry, I'll be back out there next season ready to go."

It marks the second consecutive offseason shoulder surgery for Sanders, who posted 97 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 3.5 stuffs, six defensed passes, one fumble recovery and two interceptions during 15 games in 2007. He was named GMC Sierra Defensive Player of the Year during this week's Super Bowl activities less than a month after being named as the Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

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The hard-hitting safety has had his fair share of injuries during his first four seasons in Indianapolis after being selected in the second-round of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Iowa. Most noteworthy were the five games he sat out with a foot injury in 2004 and three more with a knee problem. He also missed 12 games in 2006 due to a knee injury.

The 5-foot-8, 206-pound defensive back signed a five-year contract extension with Indianapolis in late December that kept him from becoming an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Based on information obtained from a source with knowledge of the negotiations, his new deal included $8.2 million in signing bonus money that is prorated over six years. He will also be paid a $6 million roster bonus for the 2008 season and a $5 million roster bonus for the 2009 season, both of which have an injury guarantee clause to ensure that Sanders will be paid even if he's injured at the time the bonus is due to be paid out.

Under the extension, Sanders — who will be 27 years old this month — will hit the team's cap for roughly $8.7 million in 2008, $7.8 million in 2009, $4.1 million in 2010, $7.4 million in 2011 and $8.9 million in 2012.

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