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James Sanders | Defensive Back | #39

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (32) / 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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PosRoleName
QB1Ryan Lindley
2Josh Freeman
3Phillip Sims
4Bryan Bennett
5Bryn Renner
6G.J. Kinne
7Johnny Manziel
8Seth Lobato
9Christian Ponder
10Tim Tebow
11Brad Sorensen
12McLeod Bethel-Thompson
13Pat Devlin
14Garrett Gilbert
15R.J. Archer
16Cody Fajardo
17Shane Carden
18Griffin Neal
19Jerry Lovelocke
20Chase Rettig
21Chandler Harnish
22Dylan Thompson
23Jake Waters
RB1Arian Foster
2Joseph Randle
3Zurlon Tipton
4Toby Gerhart
5Alonzo Harris
6LaMichael James
7Joique Bell
8Antone Smith
9Anthony Dixon
10Josh Harris
11Ross Scheuerman
12Kenneth Harper
13Jawon Chisholm
14Brandon Ross
15Jerome Smith
16Rajion Neal
17Michael Dyer
18Jeremy Stewart
19Keshawn Hill
20Lache Seastrunk
21LaVance Taylor
22Kevin Monangai
GLB1Joique Bell
2Toby Gerhart
3RB1Joseph Randle
FB1James Casey
2Jorvorskie Lane
3Erik Lorig
4Joe Don Duncan
5Derrick Coleman
6Ryan Mueller
7Henry Hynoski
8Brad Smelley
9Trey Millard
10Jordan Campbell
11Abou Toure
12Emil Igwenagu
13Zach Boren
14Kiero Small
15J.C. Copeland
16John Conner
WR11Greg Jennings
2Marques Colston
3Andre Johnson
4Shane Wynn
5Miles Austin
6Dwayne Bowe
7Andre Roberts
8Preston Parker
9Kris Durham
10Tyler Davis
11Seantavius Jones
12Josh Morgan
13Jacoby Ford
14Zach D'Orazio
15Kenzel Doe
16Ricky Collins
17Tevin Reese
18Damaris Johnson
19Solomon Patton
20Damian Williams
21Reggie Dunn
22Armon Binns
23Carlton Mitchell
24Tyler McDonald
25Ezell Ruffin
26DaVaris Daniels
27Travis Labhart
28Donatella Luckett
29Lance Lewis
30Joseph Anderson
31Josh Stewart
32L'Damian Washington
33David Porter
34Josh Harper
35Marquez Clark
WR21Roddy White
2Brian Hartline
3Ace Sanders
4Riley Cooper
5Denarius Moore
6Marcus Thigpen
7A.J. Jenkins
8Joe Morgan
9Austin Pettis
10Jacoby Jones
11Ryan Broyles
12Onterio McCalebb
13Rico Richardson
14Emory Blake
15Tandon Doss
16Mike Brown
17Devante Davis
18Devon Wylie
19Jimmie Hunt
20Marlon Brown
21Ryan Lankford
22Isiah Ferguson
23Daniel Rodriguez
24James Butler
25Clyde Gates
26Marcus Harris
27Ryan Whalen
28Milton Williams III
29Michael Preston
30Phil Bates
31Trindon Holliday
32Saalim Hakim
33Juron Criner
34Tom Nelson
35Paul Browning
36Andre Davis
37Demetrius Wilson
38Josh Reese
39Trevor Harman
40Christion Jones
WR31Andre Johnson
2Marques Colston
3Riley Cooper
TE1Owen Daniels
2Scott Chandler
3Dante Rosario
4Kyle Miller
5Orson Charles
6Chase Ford
7Beau Gardner
8Mickey Shuler
9D.J. Williams
10Mike McFarland
11Rob Blanchflower
12Jacob Maxwell
13Richard Gordon
14Chase Dixon
15Nick Kasa
16David Paulson
17Cameron Clear
18Steve Maneri
19Jimmay Mundine
20Kevin Greene
21Brandon Barden
22Gerell Robinson
23Dan Light
24Jordan Thompson
25Jake Murphy
26Ryan Taylor
27Brett Brackett
28Michael Egnew
29Adrien Robinson
LT1Pierce Burton
2John Fullington
3Micah Hatchie
4Will Beatty
5Jason Fox
6Tyson Chandler
7Bryan Witzmann
8Mitchell Van Dyk
LG1Ben Grubbs
2Antoine Everett
3Ben Heenan
4Sean Hickey
5Valerian Ume-Ezeoke
6Tanner Hawkinson
7Darren Keyton
C1Julian Vandervelde
2Khaled Holmes
3Braxston Cave
4Brian De La Puente
5Ben Clarke
RG1Jahri Evans
2Louis Vasquez
3Todd Herremans
4Michael Liedtke
5Paul Fanaika
6Michael Huey
7Patrick Omameh
8Leon Brown
9Ronald Patrick
10Adam Replogle
11Jake Bernstein
RT1Mike Adams
2Nate Chandler
3Brett Boyko
4Lamar Holmes
5Kelvin Palmer
K1Josh Scobee
2Brandon Bogotay
3Kyle Brindza
4Brad Craddock
5Carey Spear
6Billy Cundiff
7Jaden Oberkrom
8Mike Meyer
9Andrew Furney
10Justin Manton
11Corey Acosta
12Patrick Murray
13Jonathan Brown
14Ty Long