Often-injured and supremely talented safety Bob Sanders has decided to take his talents to the AFC West, signing a deal with the San Diego Chargers.
Sanders was the 2007 Defensive Player of the Year and signed a rich contract at the end of that season. Knee, ankle and shoulder injuries hampered him in 2008, and the biceps has been a problem the past two years.
The sides had not talked as of a week ago. And, as Sanders was in the midst of visits with the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets, his battered body was said to be a legitimate red flag for the Chargers.
However, Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith is known to have always coveted Sanders for his ability, tenacity and physicality.
If he can actually get on the field, Sanders will be a huge addition to the Chargers defense. Obviously that’s a big “if”, but one that is well worth taking for a team that finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of being the hunter instead of the hunted.
However, Sanders or no Sanders, I feel better about the future of the safety position in Kansas City than San Diego, especially if Smith is unable to retain Eric Weddle.