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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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10Sean Renfree
11B.J. Daniels
12Johnny Manziel
13Brandon Doughty
14Charlie Whitehurst
15Jerrod Johnson
16Seth Lobato
17Ryan Williams
18Matt Blanchard
19Dan LeFevour
20Austin Trainor
21Pat Devlin
22R.J. Archer
23Josh Woodrum
24Marquise Williams
25Max Wittek
26Joe Licata
27Garrett Gilbert
28Dustin Vaughan
29Dylan Thompson
30Cody Fajardo
31Shane Carden
32Griffin Neal
33McLeod Bethel-Thompson
34Jerry Lovelocke
35Chase Rettig
36Chandler Harnish
37Dalyn Williams
38Jake Waters
RB1Joseph Randle
2Zurlon Tipton
3Toby Gerhart
4Dominique Williams
5Brandon Wilds
6Joique Bell
7Alonzo Harris
8LaMichael James
9Jhurell Pressley
10Brandon Burks
11Andre Williams
12Stevan Ridley
13Stephen Houston
14Anthony Dixon
15Josh Harris
16Zac Stacy
17Mike James
18Brandon Wegher
19Brandon Ross
20Brandon Brown-Dukes
21Kenneth Harper
22Jawon Chisholm
23Bronson Hill
24Storm Johnson
25Jahwan Edwards
26Ross Scheuerman
27Darrin Reaves
28Jerome Smith
29Isaiah Pead
30Dan Herron
31Keshawn Hill
32LaVance Taylor
33Senorise Perry
34Michael Dyer
35Jeremy Stewart
36Joe Banyard
GLB1Toby Gerhart
3RB1Joseph Randle
FB1James Casey
2Darrel Young
3Erik Lorig
4Emil Igwenagu
5Jorvorskie Lane
6Julian Howsare
7Joe Don Duncan
8Derrick Coleman
9Tommy Bohanon
10Ryan Mueller
11Henry Hynoski
12Trey Millard
13Sam Bergen
14Chris Swain
15Brad Smelley
16Patrick Skov
17Soma Vainuku
18Jordan Campbell
19Rod Smith
20Alstevis Squirewell
21Zach Boren
22Kiero Small
23J.C. Copeland
24Joey Iosefa
25Blake Renaud
26John Conner
27Sione Houma
WR11Jerome Simpson
2Greg Jennings
3Marques Colston
4Griff Whalen
5Dwayne Bowe
6James Jones
7Preston Parker
8Greg Little
9Kris Durham
10Rueben Randle
11Rasheed Bailey
12Kyle Prater
13Cayleb Jones
14Douglas McNeil
15Chris Hubert
16Josh Morgan
17Jacoby Ford
18Tyler Davis
19Hakeem Nicks
20Miles Austin
21Kain Colter
22DeAndre Reaves
23Greg Salas
24Keshawn Martin
25Tony Washington
26Armon Binns
27Carlton Mitchell
28Nick Harwell
29Reggie Dunn
30Hunter Sharp
31Tevin Reese
32Jake Kumerow
33Rodney Smith
34Issac Blakeney
35Terrell Sinkfield
36Bralon Addison
37Nate Washington
38Jared Dangerfield
39Joshua Stangby
40Ricky Collins
41Andrew Turzilli
42Zach D'Orazio
43Kenzel Doe
44Jaxon Shipley
45Solomon Patton
46Rashad Lawrence
47T.J. Graham
48Damaris Johnson
49Damian Williams
50Josh Lenz
51Robert Herron
52Shaq Evans
53Josh Stewart
54Lance Lewis
55Joseph Anderson
56Marlon Moore
57Jarrett Boykin
58Travis Labhart
59Donatella Luckett
60Tyler Murphy
61Marquez Clark
62Devin Lucien
63Josh Harper
64Chandler Worthy
65Quinshad Davis
66Marcus Tucker
67Rashaun Simonise
68Reece Horn
69Richard Mullaney
70Duke Williams
71L'Damian Washington
72David Porter
73Tyler McDonald
74Ezell Ruffin
75Jeff Beathard
76DaVaris Daniels
77Jamel Johnson
WR21Roddy White
2Brian Hartline
3Riley Cooper
4Ace Sanders
5Denarius Moore
6Chris Givens
7Marcus Thigpen
8Devin Street
9Matt Hazel
10Ryan Broyles
11Emory Blake
12Jonathan Krause
13Kevin Smith
14A.J. Jenkins
15R.J. Harris
16DeMarcus Ayers
17Ryan Whalen
18Joe Morgan
19Austin Pettis
20Jacoby Jones
21Onterio McCalebb
22Andy Jones
23Nathan Palmer
24Jaydon Mickens
25DeVier Posey
26Shakim Phillips
27Andre Debose
28Tandon Doss
29Aaron Dobson
30Mike Brown
31Devante Davis
32Devon Wylie
33Jimmie Hunt
34Mike Williams
35Frankie Hammond
36Jay Lee
37Marvin Hall
38Reggie Bell
39DeAndre Carter
40Amir Carlisle
41Mekale McKay
42Milton Williams III
43Michael Preston
44Phil Bates
45Brandon Shippen
46Valdez Showers
47Clyde Gates
48Marcus Harris
49Paul McRoberts
50James Butler
51Anthony Dable
52Isiah Ferguson
53Daniel Rodriguez
54A.J. Cruz
55Max McCaffrey
56Antwan Goodley
57Ryan Lankford
58Kadron Boone
59Saalim Hakim
60Kashif Moore
61Kenbrell Thompkins
62Juron Criner
63Stephen Hill
64Kieran Duncan
65Jarvis Turner
66T.J. Thorpe
67Michael Bennett
68Paul Browning
69Austin Willis
70Titus Davis
71Andre Davis
72Demetrius Wilson
73Josh Reese
74DiAndre Campbell
75Trevor Harman
76Durron Neal
77David Glidden
78Tom Nelson
79Leonard Hankerson
80Chris King
81Trindon Holliday
82Tevin Jones
83Marken Michel
84Christion Jones
85Levi Norwood
86Ed Williams
87Danny Anthrop
WR31Riley Cooper
2Marques Colston
3Chris Givens
TE1Owen Daniels
2Craig Stevens
3Scott Chandler
4Dante Rosario
5Zach Sudfeld
6Jim Dray
7Tony Moeaki
8Mickey Shuler
9Michael Cooper
10Beau Gardner
11Ryan O'Malley
12Andrew Quarless
13Matt Spaeth
14Kyle Miller
15Bruce Miller
16Nic Jacobs
17E.J. Bibbs
18Chase Ford
19Nick Kasa
20Chase Dixon
21Richard Gordon
22Brian Parker
23Orson Charles
24Rob Housler
25Connor Hamlett
26David Paulson
27Steve Maneri
28Justice Cunningham
29Ryan Malleck
30Cameron Clear
31Casey Pierce
32Mike McFarland
33Chris Pantale
34Rob Blanchflower
35Jacob Maxwell
36Chase Coffman
37Thomas Duarte
38Henry Krieger-Coble
39D.J. Williams
40Ryan Taylor
41Konrad Reuland
42Brett Brackett
43Michael Egnew
44Adrien Robinson
45Jay Rome
46Kivon Cartwright
47Jake McGee
48J.P. Holtz
49Bryce Williams
50Braxton Deaver
51M.J. McFarland
52Clayton Echard
53Anthony Denham
54Jake Murphy
55Rory Anderson
56John Peters
57Tim Semisch
58Kevin Greene
59Brandon Barden
60Gerell Robinson
61Jack Tabb
62Arthur Lynch
63Dan Light
64Jordan Thompson
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3Takoby Cofield
4Dallas Thomas
5Kyle Roberts
6Tyson Chandler
7Rob Crisp
8Colin Kelly
9Jeremy Vujnovich
10Pierce Burton
11Eugene Monroe
12Charles Brown
13Cameron Bradfield
14Reid Fragel
15Carter Bykowski
16Andrew McDonald
17Justin Renfrow
18David Foucault
19Cody Booth
20Vince Kowalski
21David Hedelin
22Taylor Fallin
23Tyler Johnstone
24Matt Feiler
25John Weidenaar
26Lars Hanson
27Garry Williams
28Cameron Jefferson
29Jordan Swindle
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2Josh James
3David Arkin
4Edawn Coughman
5Martin Wallace
6Ben Heenan
7Antoine Everett
8Clay DeBord
9Jamil Douglas
10Cyril Richardson
11Mackenzy Bernadeau
12Collin Rahrig
13Vi Teofilo
14Darren Keyton
15Jake Bernstein
16Tanner Hawkinson
17Arturo Uzdavinis
18Adrian Bellard
19Lene Maiava
20Jamison Lalk
21Austin Shepherd
22Jesse Davis
23Chris Watt
24Brian Folkerts
25Matthew Masifilo
26Oni Omoile
27Al Bond
28Isiah Cage
29Alex Cooper
30Chris Barker
31Garrick Mayweather
32Kaleb Eulls
C1Daniel Munyer
2Marcus Henry
3Fernando Velasco
4Jacques McClendon
5Drew Nowak
6Garth Gerhart
7Jack Allen
8Dillon Day
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10Julian Vandervelde
11Mitchell Bell
12Josh LeRibeus
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14Robert Kugler
15James Stone
16Reese Dismukes
17Kyle Friend
18Dillon Farrell
19Barrett Jones
20Dalton Freeman
21Ian Silberman
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24Ben Clarke
25Ross Burbank
26Brian De La Puente
27Quinton Schooley
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2Todd Herremans
3Garrett Gilkey
4Cyril Lemon
5Amini Silatolu
6Leon Brown
7Ryan Seymour
8Jared Smith
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10Will Pericak
11Andrew Gardner
12Paul Fanaika
13Kitt O'Brien
14Jordan Devey
15Darrion Weems
16Geoff Schwartz
17Trip Thurman
18Shahbaz Ahmed
19Kadeem Edwards
20Antoine McClain
21Karim Barton
22Brett Boyko
23Malcolm Bunche
24Adam Replogle
25Ryker Mathews
26Boston Stiverson
27Zach Sterup
28Terran Vaughn
29Donovan Williams
30Alex Balducci
31Michael Liedtke
32Matt Rotheram
33Blake Muir
34Jarvis Harrison
35Mike McQueen
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2Avery Young
3J'Marcus Webb
4Erik Pears
5Tayo Fabuluje
6Keavon Milton
7Khalif Barnes
8Adrian Bellard
9Jeff Adams
10William Poehls
11Donald Hawkins
12Mitchell Van Dyk
13John Kling
14Nick Ritcher
15Patrick Miller
16Lamar Holmes
17Luke Marquardt
18Michael Ola
19Zeth Ramsay
20Marquis Lucas
21Justin Murray
22Ryan Mack
23Aaron Epps
24Torian White
25Kona Schwenke
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2Travis Coons
3Josh Brown
4Blair Walsh
5Mike Meyer
6Andrew Furney
7Justin Manton
8Ross Martin
9Ka'imi Fairbairn
10Giorgio Tavecchio
11Marshall Morgan
12Corey Acosta
13Carey Spear
14Billy Cundiff
15Jaden Oberkrom
16Nick Rose
17Marshall Koehn
18John Lunsford
19Shaun Suisham
20Brandon Bogotay
21Zach Hocker
22Kyle Brindza
23Taylor Bertolet
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27Shayne Graham
28Jonathan Brown
29Tom Obarski
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