The day started with the news that the Indianapolis Colts were working on new contracts for Adam Vinatieri and Bob Sanders but only a couple hours later the team made the decision to release Sanders. Jim Irsay broke the news via twitter earlier today.
Indianapolis decision to release Sanders is a bit of a surprise because team president Bill Polian made it clear previsouly that they had no intention of doing so. Sanders has been plagued by a number of injuries over the last three seasons which caused him to miss a staggering 39 games within that span. When you factor in the $5.5 million that he set to make, the decision begins to make more sense.
Despite all of this, the Colts didn’t have to release him now because he’s only due an offseason workout bonus of $500,000. They could have kept him and restructured his contract in the time being. NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that there still remains a chance that he could be re-signed but now he’ll have the next two weeks to sign on with a another team.
AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky sees the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans as possibilities for him considering his familiarity with the division.
“If he’d take a minimum deal loaded with incentives, he can be a win-win option,” Kuharsky writes. “I would think the Colts offered him as much, so it may take some time for him to come to terms with that being as well as he can do.”