I'm sure pretty much everyone who has paid some attention to football news in the past week has probably heard about Bob Sanders' latest injury, a torn right biceps, which as shocking as it might seem, could end his season again. Now I have nothing personally against Bob Sanders and I even hold him in somewhat high regard as he is very good at what he does until he inevitably gets injured. As much as I might like Bob Sanders, I desperately think that the Colts need to get rid of him, but it might be too late to get something out of a trade for him. Yes, that's right, I think Bob Sanders should have already been gone. I've been preaching to get rid of him (preferably via trade) for the past few years now. I'm amazed that the Colts organization, who have made several good decisions in their methods of dealing with some of the players in the past, haven't realized the impending predicament of one injury-prone safety. In actuality, I don't think that the Colts were ignorant about this, but it probably goes back to the whole "it might hurt his feelings, and we don't want to do that because he's been so good for us before" factor. But as moral as that might be you have to know when to move on eventually and now the Colts need to move on...without Bob. In his seven-year career with the Colts he has missed more games (49) than games he's actually played in (48) and only in two seasons has he played over six games (2005-14, 2007-15). As I have made very clear by now I really wish Sanders would have been traded a couple of years ago when they could have still probably gotten something out of him because now I can't think of many teams that would be willing to take a chance on him and those that would most likely wouldn't give much for him in return. Here are my main reasons why Bob Sanders should have been traded:
1. Melvin Bullitt is almost just as good as Sanders (actually probably better since he's shown he can go through a season without getting injured) and could probably be a starter on several other teams
2. The Colts have had significant trouble stopping the run for a while now (as evidenced by Arian Foster's record-breaking performance) and yes Bob Sanders was good at stopping the run, but where was he for the majority of the game last Sunday while the Colts D was getting annihilated, oh yeah he was injured again. Therefore, a couple of years ago when this trend was becoming apparent, the Colts should have tried trading him for a good run-stopping linebacker or interior D-linemen (the position of safety could be covered by Bullitt)
3. $$$$$-On December 28, 2007, Sanders was signed to a 5 year, $37.5 million contract with $20 million guaranteed. This conract made him the highest paid safety in the history of the NFL. I could only imagine what the Colts could have done with the money instead of wasting it on someone who would only play nine games over the next three seasons.