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James Sanders Signs Three Year Deal

The busy Patriots off season continued today as the team has agreed to a three year deal with safety James Sanders. Sanders, 25, has played his entire four year career in New England but was a free agent and reportedly turned down more money elsewhere to come back to the Pats.

He started 14 games last year and finished with 66 tackles and one interception. Terms of the deal – of course – were not disclosed.

My Take: After losing two important pieces to the puzzle from last year’s team, it’s nice to see the Pats going after a familiar face. Sanders is needed to step in at the safety spot and play alongside Brandon Meriweather if Rodney Harrison decides to retire. Sanders hasn’t lived up to my expectations yet, but he is only 25 so I’ll give him another chance.

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3 comments for “James Sanders Signs Three Year Deal”

  1. What’s your take on on the 34th pick for Cassel/Vrabel? Do you also think by opening up the extra cap space this will allow the Pats to sign Wilfork to a long term deal or did the recent Haynesworth deal price the Pats out of his services?

    Posted by Parks | March 1, 2009, 7:23 pm
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    Posted by Sports of Boston | March 1, 2009, 7:38 pm
  3. Parks, I think it’s a decent deal for Cassel, but losing Vrabel is big. It’s tough to complain about getting a high second round pick, which is in effect a late first round pick, for a guy who a year ago was pretty much worthless.

    I understand Vrabel had an off year in 2008 and is entering a contract year, but he’s only counting $4 million or so on the cap, so his inclusion is very surprising. Personally, I would’ve rather gotten a late second round or early third round pick and given up just Cassel than to give up Vrabel.

    I think it would be very wise for the Patriots to lock up Wilfork to a long term deal. His price won’t be affected by Haynesworth all that much because he’s always said he wants to finish his career with the Pats.

    Posted by Jeff | March 1, 2009, 9:11 pm

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