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Colts owner Jim Irsay announced over Twitter that the team has released safety Bob Sanders. the 2007 defensive player of the year winner played in just nine games in the past three seasons, including all of last year. in his 2006 and 2007, his healthiest years, Sanders was a force to be reckoned with, making critical plays against the Patriots and Bears to lead the team to their first Super Bowl since 1970, and acting as the focal point of the Colts defense.

It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the safety. nobody disputes the fact that he is one of the best in the game when he’s healthy. However, the Colts may have felt that they could no longer afford Sanders’ huge contract, one of the largest for a safety in the NFL. the biggest thing in Sanders’ favor, other than his talent, is that he’s suffered a wide variety of injuries, rather than chronically aggravating the same injury. Another team will probably be willing to risk the roster slot for Sanders, but Sanders should expect a pay cut.

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