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James Sanders | Defensive Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/11/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 210
College: Fresno State
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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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6Kevin Kolb
7David Carr
8Pat White
9Nate Enderle
10John Parker Wilson
11Adam Weber
12Ryan Katz
13Colby Cameron
14Kyle Padron
15James Vandenberg
16Mike Hermann
17Nathan Stanley
18Dalton Williams
19Matt Brown
20Caleb TerBush
21Tim Jenkins
22Dayne Crist
23Collin Klein
24Alex Carder
RB1Michael Turner
2Michael Bush
3Brandon Jackson
4D.J. Ware
5Ryan Torain
6Beanie Wells
7Jamie Harper
8Isaac Redman
9Jalen Parmele
10Lance Ball
11Terrance Ganaway
12Zach Brown
13Brandon Saine
14D.J. Harper
15Jordan Roberts
16Armond Smith
17Jawan Jamison
18Stefphon Jefferson
19Deonte Williams
20Quentin Hines
21De'Leon Eskridge
22Javarris James
23Darren Evans
24Damien Berry
25Richard Murphy
26William Powell
GLB1Michael Turner
2Michael Bush
3Ryan Torain
4Beanie Wells
3RB1Michael Bush
2D.J. Ware
3Beanie Wells
FB1Lousaka Polite
2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Brit Miller
7Braden Wilson
8Owen Marecic
9Dorson Boyce
10Owen Schmitt
11Ben Bartholomew
12Alex Debniak
13Ryan Roberson
14Jonathan Amosa
15Rupert Bryan
16Ryan D'Imperio
17Eddie Williams
18Jon Hoese
19Ben Guidugli
20Nate Eachus
21Jourdan Brooks
22Devonte Campbell
23Brock Bolen
WR11Santonio Holmes
2Jabar Gaffney
3Earl Bennett
4Laurent Robinson
5Titus Young
6Greg Childs
7Kevin Hardy
8LaRon Byrd
9Richard Goodman
10Ben Obomanu
11Devery Henderson
12Brian Tyms
13Keenan Davis
14Taulib Ikharo
15Roy Roundtree
16Robby Toma
17Carlin Isles
18Nicholas Johnson
19Jeremy Kelley
20Sederrick Cunningham
21Zach Rogers
22David Gilreath
23Courtney Roby
24Matt Willis
25Brett Swain
26Chaz Schilens
27Anthony Armstrong
28Charly Martin
29Marcus Jackson
30Jordan White
31Johnathan Haggerty
32Emmanuel Arceneaux
33Diondre Borel
34Julius Pruitt
35Mardy Gilyard
36Chastin West
37Cole McKenzie
38Jamal Miles
39Rashad Evans
40Sam McGuffie
41Tyrone Goard
42Bert Reed
43Brandon Carswell
44Joseph Anderson
45Chip Reeves
46Terrell Sinkfield
47Jheranie Boyd
48Eric Rogers
49Rashaad Carter
50Erik Highsmith
51Demetrius Fields
52Scott Pillar
WR21Miles Austin
2Braylon Edwards
3Davone Bess
4Kerry Meier
5Donald Jones
6Chad Hall
7Jordan Shipley
8Raymond Radway
9Darius Hanks
10Brandon Banks
11Brian Robiskie
12Mohamed Massaquoi
13Derek Hagan
14Steve Breaston
15Donte' Stallworth
16Robert Gill
17Martel Moore
18Michael Jenkins
19David Ball
20Devin Aromashodu
21Brandon Collins
22Tray Session
23David Douglas
24Nicholas Edwards
25Jeff Fuller
26Duke Calhoun
27Tim Toone
28Naaman Roosevelt
29Jarett Dillard
30Terrence Austin
31Roberto Wallace
32Bobby Sewall
33Michael Calvin
34Taveon Rogers
35Perez Ashford
36Jason Thompson
37Omarius Hines
38Anthony Amos
39R.J. Webb
40Andrew Helmick
41Dale Moss
42Devin Goda
43Andrew DePaola
44Ronald Johnson
45Deon Butler
46Early Doucet
47Patrick Crayton
48Rodrick Rumble
49Jerry Johnson
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2Laurent Robinson
3Davone Bess
4Earl Bennett
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2Tony Scheffler
3David Thomas
4Kevin Boss
5Randy McMichael
6Aaron Hernandez
7Adam Nissley
8Daniel Graham
9Tommy Gallarda
10Billy Bajema
11Jamie Childers
12Steve Watson
13Dallas Walker
14Ben Cotton
15David Rolf
16Joe Sawyer
17Dominique Curry
18Dan Gronkowski
19Brody Eldridge
20Dedrick Epps
21Colin Cloherty
22Hayden Smith
23Nelson Rosario
24Martin Rucker
25Richard Quinn
26Visanthe Shiancoe
27Jake O'Connell
28Isaiah Stanback
29Tim Biere
30Dominique Jones
31Cameron Graham
32Alex Silvestro
33Jamie McCoy
34Evan Moore
35Evan Landi
36Taylor Cook
37Travis Tannahill
38Chase Clement
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3Havard Rugland
4Austin Signor
5Morgan Lineberry
6Brett Baer
7Brett Maher
8Jose Maltos
9Adam Yates
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