Sanders says he’s a Card

Posted by Darren Urban on April 4, 2012 – 9:35 am

UPDATE: Veteran safety James Sanders tweeted out this afternoon, when asked if there was a good chance he’d be a Cardinal, “its a done deal. See you in the desert!” Nothing official yet, but it sounds like the Cards have more depth. Maybe the new way all secondary acquisitions will be announced is via Twitter — a la William Gay.

(from earlier today):

The Cardinals haven’t shut down in free agency, and the proof is in the report that veteran safety James Sanders came in for a visit. Sanders, who was with the Falcons last season after spending six seasons with the Patriots, would be a piece for depth I would think (and in all likelihood, a short-term solution. At this late date in the free agency game, most deals are going to be for one year, because teams have filled holes, the draft is near, and players want another shot at free agency next year.) Obviously, the Cards have Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes as starters at safety, and Rashad Johnson will be back this season after restricted free agency, but Hamza Abdullah remains unsigned.

Interest in Sanders also may be a nod toward the Richard Marshall-for-William Gay swap; Marshall, of course, was able to swing between cornerback and safety. Maybe Gay is better suited to stick at cornerback.

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16 Responses to “Sanders says he’s a Card”

  1. By D on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Worries me that AZ really has 1 SS in Adub, who is going on his 12 year and plenty of FS on the roster and this year’s draft is weak on SS too…they need to get a replacement for Adub in the next year or so because even Superman got old.

  2. By D on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    OT Bell just signed with Philly, looks like AZ will either have a rookie or L. Brown at Left tackle next year….and I don’t see a LT tackle worth taking at 13 (assuming the top 2 are off the board)

  3. By Steve on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Darren: Bell just signed w/ Philly, darn

  4. By greg on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Bell to Philly

    He must have wanted more than the Cardinals could or wanted to spend. I really wanted him here.

    Darren is Snyder capable of playing tackle well?

    At this point I really want the Cardinals to trade down and get another second or third round pick. Darren do you feel that we need two offensive linman that can contribute this year in this draft?

    My opinion two Lineman and a reciever that can contribute this year are the priority for this draft. Do you agree?

  5. By Darren Urban on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Greg —

    RE: Snyder

    Yes, he can play right tackle. As for what is needed in the draft, I wouldn’t be surprised to take two OL, but again, with no second round pick, let’s see if a later round guy can actually beat out, for instance, Bridges for PT. Not sure that happens.

  6. By spyracer on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    i think Michael Floyd would be a good choice at 13, having a true number 2 receiver that can win match-ups, can help get the ball out quicker and avoid the sacks that Kolb has been getting.

  7. By drstiegler on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    This is only a minor obstacle. Bell isn’t that good anyway or else he would’ve been picked up a long time ago. Bell wasn’t the long term answer and this will end up working out better for the Cards by the time the season starts. Maybe now we are more likely to get DeCastro and that is a great thing IMO. Darren, what is the deal with Brandon Keith? Why isn’t he signed yet? I know Grimm and Wolf love this guy and all the potential he has. He didn’t do that bad on the right side last year. Maybe he stays there and just keeps improving. Anyway, more to be revealed on draft day and looking forward to it! Redbirds for life!

  8. By Mr.Ramirez on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Darren, I know Snyder can play Tackle and Guard but will he be playing Guard or Tackle?

  9. By Darren Urban on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Mr. Ramirez —

    RE: Snyder

    I expect guard.

  10. By TUCSTEVE on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    If we do draft a WR at 13 would whisenhunt even play him considering he is a rookie and has to “earn” his spot?

  11. By shane on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Darren have they even begun to start thinking of a replacment for A-DUB?

  12. By Darren Urban on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Shane —

    RE: A-Dub

    I would hope so. Although I know he doesn’t think it’s necessary.

  13. By Eazy E on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    James Sanders and Hamza are similar players. Sanders may be a little better playmaker on d, but Hamza is good on special teams. Our safeties are straight though with A-Wil and Kerry ”Spiderman” Rhodes.

  14. By cards62 on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    Are we on the clock yet?
    How many more days to the draft?

    Go Cards!

  15. By Giorgio on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    sounds like nothing more than a hodpodge of stop gap players a the moment. i feel bad for O-line Coach Russ Grimm, as he’s never going to be able to reproduce his former Redskins O-line he played on, or even what he had at the Steelers when he coached there. what it also feels like is a beefing up of the Ray Horton defense, which will be asked to play more like an offense so to speak. the coaches and ownership must feel w/the regular offense, including questionable QB play they won’t be able to light up the score board w/points, so they’ll try and shut down opponents on D. is this the new NFL??

  16. By William Barry on Apr 6, 2012 | Reply

    I certainly hope we can land Sanders….A little depth never hurts.

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