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James Sanders | Defensive Back | #39

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (33) / 11/11/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 210
College: Fresno State
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 4 (133) / NE
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NFL suspended free agent S James Sanders four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Sanders, 29, appeared in 15 games for the Cardinals last season, making 19 tackles mainly as a special teams player. He visited the Steelers three weeks ago, but it has been his only trip of free agency. Sanders will be eligible to return to game action in Week 5. Fri, Apr 19, 2013 06:49:00 PM

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Free agent S James Sanders is visiting the Steelers on Thursday.

The Steelers lost backup safeties Will Allen and Ryan Mundy, and are in the market for an experienced veteran. Sanders has started 56 games in his eight-year career, registering 19 tackles with the Cardinals in 2012.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 01:14:00 PM

Cardinals agreed to terms with S James Sanders, formerly of the Falcons.

The 28-year-old Sanders started six of his 15 appearances in Atlanta last season, recording 41 tackles without an interception. The Falcons will view him as experienced depth with the capability of chipping in on special teams.
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 05:32:00 PM

The Cardinals hosted free agent S James Sanders on Tuesday.

Arizona is looking at Sanders as an upgrade on Rashad Johnson as a third safety candidate. He would play behind Kerry Rhodes and Adrian Wilson.
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 01:00:00 AM

James Sanders has taken over for William Moore as the Falcons' starting strong safety.

Sanders racked up 10 tackles in last week's game at Houston, leaving him with 32 in four starts. Coach Mike Smith concedes that he will have a tough decision to make once Moore fully recovers from groin and quad injuries. The Patriots really could have used Sanders this season, but moved on too quickly in August.
Tue, Dec 6, 2011 05:35:00 PM

Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder said James Sanders and Thomas DeCoud are still battling weekly for the starting free safety job.

Although DeCoud is listed as a starter on the depth chart, Sanders started last week and played almost 90 percent of the snaps. "We'll keep the ideal of him and Thomas competing for the free safety position," VanGorder said. "I think it's a good situation to have." IDPers can move on.
Wed, Sep 21, 2011 11:22:00 AM

Falcons agreed to terms with S James Sanders on a one-year contract.

Renowned for his leadership, Sanders should be a good fit as a reserve safety and special teamer on a contender. He recorded 58 tackles, three INTs, and six passes defensed in 15 games and nine starts last season.
Tue, Aug 30, 2011 10:16:00 PM

Free agent S James Sanders will visit the Chiefs if he doesn't agree to a deal with the Falcons Tuesday.

He has Patriots connections in Kansas City with GM Scott Pioli. Capable of playing both safety spots as well as special teams, Sanders is working out for the Falcons Tuesday afternoon.
Tue, Aug 30, 2011 04:41:00 PM

The Falcons will host S James Sanders for a free agent visit Tuesday.

Atlanta GM Thomas Dimitroff is tapping his New England roots on this one. Sanders, 27, can play both safety positions and special teams. With the Falcons, he could be a third safety behind FS Thomas DeCoud and SS William Moore.
Mon, Aug 29, 2011 08:21:00 PM

Patriots released S James Sanders.

It's a mild surprise as Sanders started next to Brandon Meriweather in Saturday's third preseason game and recorded nine starts a year ago. But the six-year veteran struggled badly against the run last year and Patrick Chung is ready to roll as the starter. With a $2.8 million base salary, keeping Sanders around to battle Sergio Brown for the third safety job didn't make much sense.
Mon, Aug 29, 2011 01:36:00 PM

The Boston Globe suggests that Patriots S James Sanders "could garner some interest on the trade market" after the lockout.

The Pats could go forward with Brandon Meriweather, Pat Chung, Jarrad Page, and a special teamer as their safeties. Sanders, 27, is due a $2.8 million base salary. A nine-game starter last season, Sanders intercepted three passes including a pick-six and also had a forced fumble. However, Pro Football Focus graded Sanders as a poor run defender and below-average cover man. It's hard to imagine the Pats getting more than a late-round pick for him.
Fri, Jul 15, 2011 03:00:00 PM

Patriots S James Sanders appears to be plummeting down the depth chart in training camp.

We don't know who's working as the No. 1 strong safety (likely Pat Chung or Brandon McGowan), but Sanders ran opposite undrafted FS Ross Ventrone on Wednesday, probably with the threes. Sanders didn't have a single pick last year, and wasn't great in coverage. The Pats may be ready to move on.
Wed, Aug 4, 2010 05:06:00 PM

James Sanders, who was shuttled in and out of the lineup last year, is considered the early front-runner to start Week 1 as the Patriots' strong safety.

Second-year SS Patrick Chung should still give Sanders "a strong challenge" for the position after seeing plenty of first-team reps at OTAs. Sanders isn't a high-impact player, but is most familiar with the defense and knows all the calls. Brandon McGowan's snaps are expected to dwindle this season.
Sun, Jul 11, 2010 11:29:00 AM

Free safety James Sanders, who hadn't played in four weeks, started Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Sanders and Shawn Springs both rejoined the starting lineup, and the secondary showed significant improvement. Still, it's fair to question how much of that was playing against Panthers backup QB Matt Moore.
Mon, Dec 14, 2009 09:55:00 AM

Patriots FS James Sanders (shoulder) is out for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Brandon McGowan will start in Sanders' place once again.
Sun, Oct 11, 2009 02:58:00 AM

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QB1Colin Kaepernick
2Robert Griffin III
3Josh Freeman
4Phillip Sims
5Ryan Lindley
6Luke McCown
7Charlie Whitehurst
8Johnny Manziel
9Jerrod Johnson
10G.J. Kinne
11Austin Davis
12Aaron Murray
13Ryan Williams
14Tim Tebow
15Bryan Bennett
16Seth Lobato
17Brad Sorensen
18Matt Blanchard
19Pat Devlin
20McLeod Bethel-Thompson
21Dan LeFevour
22Chase Rettig
23Chandler Harnish
24Jerry Lovelocke
25Austin Trainor
26Jay Cutler
27Dylan Thompson
28Cody Fajardo
29Shane Carden
30Griffin Neal
31Marquise Williams
32Max Wittek
33Joe Licata
34Sean Renfree
35Zach Mettenberger
36R.J. Archer
37Dalyn Williams
38Jake Waters
39Keith Wenning
RB1James Starks
2Rashad Jennings
3John Crockett
4Christine Michael
5Joseph Randle
6Khiry Robinson
7Toby Gerhart
8Alonzo Harris
9Karlos Williams
10Jhurell Pressley
11Joique Bell
12LaMichael James
13Dominique Williams
14Stevan Ridley
15Brandon Burks
16Anthony Dixon
17DuJuan Harris
18Darrin Reaves
19Josh Harris
20Brandon Ross
21Zac Stacy
22Brandon Brown-Dukes
23Jahwan Edwards
24Ross Scheuerman
25Kenneth Harper
26Jawon Chisholm
27Zac Brooks
28Jerome Smith
29Isaiah Pead
30Dan Herron
31Daryl Richardson
32Michael Dyer
33Jeremy Stewart
34Tyler Gaffney
35Glenn Winston
36Keshawn Hill
37LaVance Taylor
GLB1Rashad Jennings
2Toby Gerhart
3RB1Joseph Randle
2Rashad Jennings
3James Starks
FB1Henry Hynoski
2Erik Lorig
3Will Johnson
4Emil Igwenagu
5Jorvorskie Lane
6Brandon Cottom
7James Casey
8Paul Lasike
9Andrew Bonnet
10Joe Don Duncan
11Ryan Mueller
12Will Ratelle
13Patrick Skov
14Blake Renaud
15John Conner
16Devon Johnson
17Alstevis Squirewell
18Zach Boren
19Kiero Small
20J.C. Copeland
21Joey Iosefa
22Jordan Campbell
23Chris Swain
24Nikita Whitlock
25Trey Millard
26Brad Smelley
27Sam Bergen
28Sione Houma
29Malcolm Johnson
WR11Marcus Easley
2Jerome Simpson
3Greg Jennings
4Marques Colston
5Dwayne Bowe
6James Jones
7Josh Morgan
8Stevie Johnson
9Eddie Royal
10Hakeem Nicks
11Jacoby Ford
12Douglas McNeil
13Tyler Davis
14Preston Parker
15Greg Little
16Kris Durham
17Kyle Prater
18Kain Colter
19DeAndre Reaves
20Greg Salas
21Miles Austin
22Carlton Mitchell
23Tevin Reese
24Nick Harwell
25Ben Edwards
26Armon Binns
27Reggie Dunn
28Joshua Stangby
29Jaxon Shipley
30Nate Washington
31Andrew Turzilli
32Zach D'Orazio
33Kenzel Doe
34Jared Dangerfield
35T.J. Graham
36Damaris Johnson
37Robert Herron
38Shaq Evans
39Solomon Patton
40Josh Lenz
41Eric Rogers
42Ricky Collins
43Kenny Cook
44Issac Blakeney
45Tevin Jones
46Damian Williams
47Marlon Moore
48Richard Mullaney
49Duke Williams
50David Porter
51Josh Harper
52Rasheed Bailey
53Josh Stewart
54Travis Labhart
55Donatella Luckett
56Jarrett Boykin
57Lance Lewis
58Joseph Anderson
59Dennis Parks
60Quinshad Davis
61Rashaun Simonise
62Reece Horn
63Jerome Lane
64Tyler Murphy
65Marquez Clark
66Chandler Worthy
67Ezell Ruffin
68Tyler McDonald
69DaVaris Daniels
70Jeff Beathard
71Corey Washington
72L'Damian Washington
WR21Andrew Hawkins
2Roddy White
3Brian Hartline
4Riley Cooper
5Denarius Moore
6Chris Givens
7Marcus Thigpen
8Ace Sanders
9Victor Cruz
10Onterio McCalebb
11Nathan Palmer
12Tandon Doss
13DeVier Posey
14Shakim Phillips
15Andre Debose
16Mike Brown
17Ryan Whalen
18Joe Morgan
19A.J. Jenkins
20Griff Whalen
21Emory Blake
22Kevin Smith
23R.J. Harris
24Austin Pettis
25Jacoby Jones
26Ryan Broyles
27Reggie Bell
28Milton Williams III
29Chris Harper
30Amir Carlisle
31Valdez Showers
32Clyde Gates
33Isiah Ferguson
34Daniel Rodriguez
35A.J. Cruz
36James Butler
37Antwan Goodley
38Kadron Boone
39Ryan Lankford
40Marcus Harris
41Devante Davis
42Jay Lee
43Jimmie Hunt
44Devon Wylie
45Mike Williams
46Michael Preston
47Phil Bates
48Trindon Holliday
49Christion Jones
50Levi Norwood
51Dres Anderson
52Danny Anthrop
53Marken Michel
54Ed Williams
55Tony Washington
56K.J. Maye
57Juron Criner
58Stephen Hill
59Kashif Moore
60Kenbrell Thompkins
61Saalim Hakim
62Durron Neal
63David Glidden
64Kieran Duncan
65Jarvis Turner
66T.J. Thorpe
67Michael Bennett
68Paul Browning
69Austin Willis
70Andre Davis
71Demetrius Wilson
72Josh Reese
73DiAndre Campbell
74Trevor Harman
75Tom Nelson
76Leonard Hankerson
77Chris King
WR31Riley Cooper
2Marques Colston
3Chris Givens
4Victor Cruz
TE1Owen Daniels
2Gary Barnidge
3Ladarius Green
4Tony Moeaki
5Dante Rosario
6Scott Chandler
7Craig Stevens
8Brandon Bostick
9Zach Sudfeld
10Kyle Miller
11Bruce Miller
12Nic Jacobs
13Chase Ford
14Dominique Jones
15Andrew Quarless
16Matt Spaeth
17Mickey Shuler
18Michael Cooper
19Beau Gardner
20Gerald Christian
21Casey Pierce
22Mike McFarland
23Bryce Williams
24D.J. Williams
25Chase Coffman
26Rob Blanchflower
27Jacob Maxwell
28Cameron Clear
29Nick Kasa
30Chase Dixon
31Richard Gordon
32Orson Charles
33Steve Maneri
34David Paulson
35Justice Cunningham
36Jake Stoneburner
37Brandon Barden
38Gerell Robinson
39Rob Housler
40Jack Tabb
41Jordan Thompson
42Arthur Lynch
43Dan Light
44Kevin Greene
45Jake Murphy
46Rory Anderson
47Adrien Robinson
48Ryan Taylor
49Konrad Reuland
50Brett Brackett
51Michael Egnew
52Braxton Deaver
53M.J. McFarland
54Clayton Echard
55John Peters
56Jay Rome
57Kivon Cartwright
58Gannon Sinclair
LT1Ryan Clady
2King Dunlap
3Eugene Monroe
4Charles Brown
5Cameron Bradfield
6Carter Bykowski
7Martin Wallace
8Rob Crisp
9Takoby Cofield
10Kyle Roberts
11Micah Hatchie
12Jason Fox
13Tyson Chandler
14Jordan Rigsbee
15Donald Hawkins
16Lars Hanson
17Garry Williams
18John Weidenaar
19David Hedelin
20Vince Kowalski
21Taylor Fallin
22Collin Buchanan
23Cody Booth
24Justin Renfrow
25David Foucault
26Andrew McDonald
27Jordan Swindle
LG1Orlando Franklin
2Ben Grubbs
3David Arkin
4Edawn Coughman
5Ryan Seymour
6Ben Heenan
7Antoine Everett
8Sam Brenner
9Mackenzy Bernadeau
10Darren Keyton
11Tanner Hawkinson
12Collin Rahrig
13Vi Teofilo
14Adrian Bellard
15Jake Bernstein
16Lene Maiava
17Jamison Lalk
18Al Bond
19Chris Watt
20Brian Folkerts
21Matthew Masifilo
22Alex Cooper
23Garrick Mayweather
24Pearce Slater
C1Nick Mangold
2Manuel Ramirez
3Julian Vandervelde
4Mitchell Bell
5Marcus Henry
6Fernando Velasco
7Jacques McClendon
8Drew Nowak
9Garth Gerhart
10Barrett Jones
11Dalton Freeman
12Ben Clarke
13Ross Burbank
14Brian De La Puente
15Reese Dismukes
16Ben Gottschalk
17Quinton Schooley
18Robert Kugler
19Braxston Cave
20Dillon Farrell
21Greg Van Roten
RG1Todd Herremans
2Louis Vasquez
3Geoff Schwartz
4Cyril Lemon
5Leon Brown
6Paul Fanaika
7Tre' Jackson
8Hugh Thornton
9Jared Smith
10Garrett Gilkey
11Darrion Weems
12Kitt O'Brien
13Shahbaz Ahmed
14Trip Thurman
15Alvin Bailey
16Adam Replogle
17Malcolm Bunche
18Ryker Mathews
19Boston Stiverson
20Terran Vaughn
21Donovan Williams
22Antoine McClain
23Tyler Johnstone
24Mike McQueen
RT1J'Marcus Webb
2Tayo Fabuluje
3Erik Pears
4Adrian Bellard
5Mitchell Van Dyk
6Sebastian Vollmer
7Patrick Miller
8Nick Ritcher
9Isiah Cage
10Darryl Baldwin
11Lamar Holmes
12Michael Williams
13Luke Marquardt
14Colin Kelly
15Pierce Burton
16Kona Schwenke
17Zeth Ramsay
18Ryan Mack
19Torian White
20Marquis Lucas
K1Mike Nugent
2Josh Brown
3Dan Carpenter
4Travis Coons
5Carey Spear
6Corey Acosta
7Justin Manton
8Marshall Morgan
9Andrew Furney
10Billy Cundiff
11John Lunsford
12Jaden Oberkrom
13Shaun Suisham
14Brandon Bogotay
15Zach Hocker
16Kyle Brindza
17Taylor Bertolet
18Brad Craddock
19Devon Bell
20Shayne Graham
21Brett Maher
22Tom Obarski
23Ty Long