The Chargers took a big step toward addressing one of their biggest offseason needs and solidifying their defensive backfield by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with former Colts safety Bob Sanders. The question you have to ask now is whether the Bolts are getting the superstar Sanders of 2007, or the super-injured Sanders of 2008-2010?
In 2007, Sanders had a career year with 96 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and a number of bone-crushing hits on the opposition, ultimately leading to the NFL Defensive Player Of The Year award. Subsequently, Sanders signed a five-year contract with Indianapolis and looked to be a key component in the Colts defense for years to come.
In retrospect, the 2007 Sanders and the Sanders who played the next three years seem like two totally different guys. Over the last three years Sanders has played in just nine regular season games, never topping 39 tackles in one year. Since 2008, he has suffered ankle, knee, and biceps injuries, and has missed way too much time to make a significant difference for the Colts.
A healthy Sanders could make a tremendous difference for the Chargers, who have lacked a real “Hitman” in the secondary since Rodney Harrison was prematurely dismissed from San Diego too many years ago. His abilities as a strong safety, when healthy, can’t be questioned, and his run support may be second to none. And it is that physical type of play that may always leave him at a high-risk for further injury.
Overall I love the move and believe that the risk is well worth the potential Pro Bowl caliber play that Sanders can bring with him. With Eric Weddle a probable free agent, the safety position is one of the biggest question marks on the team. The signing of Sanders is just the bold move that Chargers fans have been waiting to see from AJ Smith & Company in a very important offseason.
So Chargers fans, do you think that Sanders can stay healthy enough to make a difference for the team in 2011? And after addressing the safety position, where do you think the Chargers should go from here? Sound off below and tell the team what you think!