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Chargers sign Bob Sanders to 1-year deal

Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:22 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2011 8:26 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Bob Sanders has been on a tour of various NFL teams over the past week or so -- he swung by Buffalo, visited with Jacksonville and checked in with Rex Ryan's New York squad -- since being released by Indianapolis. But a surprise suitor: the San Diego Chargers, who announced Thursday night that they've signed the former Defensive Player of the Year.

"We are all very excited to add Bob Sanders to our defense," General Manager A.J. Smith said. "We have always held him in high regard. He's a smart, physical, instinctive player. His intensity and playmaking ability can make an immediate impact on our defense."

The Chargers didn't exactly struggle against the pass last season -- they actually ranked No. 1 in passing yards allowed -- but Sanders equates to a calculated gamble that could pay off huge dividends.

[Judge: Sanders the difference in San Diego?]

"There’s no question I'm excited. The fact that Bob was available and excited about being here and then having it work out is great," Head Coach Norv Turner said. "Our guys have unbelievable respect for him and what he's done through the years. Certainly he knows what we’re capable of doing, so it’s a great fit."

The timing is quite interesting, because the NFL and NFLPA just reached a 24-hour extension on CBA negotiations, leaving the window for teams to sign players open another day (although Sanders would probably have had until 11:59 PM EST to ink the deal anyway).

[Prisco: Signing Sanders a good move for Chargers]

While many teams have spent the day dropping costs like crazy by cutting players, the Chargers apparently felt the need to take a calculated gamble on the oft-injured Sanders in an attempt to strengthen to their defense. If Sanders returns to his Pro Bowl form, he'll make one of the best defenses in the league from last year even more dangerous.

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Comments

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2011 9:11 am
 

Chargers sign Bob Sanders to 1-year deal

Great signing if he stays healthy. My guess is that he will be brought along real slow but I'm sure past history will repeat itself. Chargers fans get used to hearing "Sanders tears quad walking into stadium, out for season". Good luck to you out west though.



Since: Jul 19, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2011 8:54 am
 

Chargers sign Bob Sanders to 1-year deal

That's BS, I assure you almost everty SD fan wanted him the second he was available. We haven't had a top safety in ages and SD never signs these kinds of players.




Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2011 8:33 am
 

Chargers sign Bob Sanders to 1-year deal

Charger fans are hilarious.  If anyone else had signed Sanders, they'd tell you what a horrible signing it was, and that he can't stay healthy.  But they sign him and it's a GREAT signing, and Kudos to the Lord Of No Rings.  Sheeeeesh.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2011 8:18 am
 

Chargers sign Bob Sanders to 1-year deal

"team that had no clear leader on defense since Merriman was cut".  Now they have a cheer leader.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2011 7:46 am
 

Chargers sign Bob Sanders to 1-year deal

ha ha!! that wouldnt surprise me



Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2011 6:42 am
 

Chargers sign Bob Sanders to 1-year deal

now that was freaking funny!



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2011 3:36 am
 

Chargers sign Bob Sanders to 1-year deal

He'll be solid and make that defense better for 3 or 4 games.  Great Job!  Too bad he can't stay healthy, top notch player when he is on the field.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2011 1:08 am
 

Chargers sign Bob Sanders to 1-year deal

I heard he broke his hand signing his contract and is out for the season.




Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2011 12:16 am
 

Chargers sign Bob Sanders to 1-year deal

The Chiefs may of had an easy schedule still beat the Chargers..  Watch out for the Raiders this year they beat all in the west...San Diego was, is no longer.  Its back to the glory years Chiefs, Raiders.... 



Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2011 11:56 pm
 

Chargers sign Bob Sanders to 1-year deal

If Bob can time his injuries so he plays at the end of the season and playoffs, look out.  The chargers should dominate this division, KC benefitted from weak schedule last year, oakland is oakland and denver has major issues. 


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