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Are The Vikings A Potential Landing Spot For Bob Sanders?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 21, 2011 – 7:35 am

When reports of the Indianapolis Colts releasing 7-year veteran S Bob Sanders came out Friday morning, many wondered if the Vikings would pursue the 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

The Vikings personnel staff has been prepping for free agency and the NFL Scouting Combine and is sure to be well aware of Sanders’ release. But will the Vikings indeed pursue the former impactful SS who’s been plagued with injuries for the past 3 seasons?

The biggest question here is if Sanders can recover from knee and biceps injuries to make his presence known in 2011. Since recording a career-year in 2007 with 96 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 2 INTs – garnering the top defensive player award – Sanders has made only 9 starts while missing 39 games.

What makes it easy to link Sanders to the Vikings is the fact that Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frasier was Sanders’ position coach with the Colts. Acquiring Sanders sounds intriguing, but talking with free agents during this uncertain climate of labor negotiations makes it tough to foresee how the Vikings, as well as other teams, will address players such as the former Colts safety.

Prevailing thought prior to the 2010 NFL Draft was that the Vikings needed to selected a CB with their top pick – which they did by drafting Chris Cook as their 1st selection in the 2nd round. As we wait for this year’s draft, popular vote for the Vikings top pick is focused on finding a franchise QB and adding a player to the secondary in a later round. Remember, though, that the Vikings have gone into recent drafts with the mentality of selecting the best available player, so reaching for a player at a certain position is an unlikely move.

But when we consider selecting a CB or a S, it seems practical for the Vikings to find a quality player at said positions during the later rounds of the draft IF they even select a player from the secondary. Reason behind this thought is that 12-year veteran CB Antoine Winfield doesn’t seem to be taking any steps backwards after recording his 3rd consecutive Pro Bowl season, Cedric Griffin will return after a debilitating ACL injury, Chris Cook will also return after suffering knee injuries during his rookie season and S Husain Abdullah has proven, in my eyes, a worthy candidate for a starting position in 2011. Abdullah missed only 1 game in 2010 due to a concussion and tied for a team lead in INTs with 3.

As we look forward to the 2011 season, the Vikings secondary has a solid core of players but adding depth is always something that needs careful consideration when assembling a team, especially in the Vikings case where they are assembling a team under a new coaching staff.


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27 Responses to “Are The Vikings A Potential Landing Spot For Bob Sanders?”

  1. By DRS on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    Over the last several months, the Vikings and the County have had productive conversations regarding the TCAAP site and the potential stadium project. Last week Vikings ownership issued a letter of intent to the County to work collaboratively and closely with Ramsey County, the City of Arden Hills and other stakeholders to determine if an agreement can be reached that leads to a new stadium at the TCAAP site.

    http://www.minnesotamomentum.com/latest/

  2. By DRS on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    Please do not get Bob Sanders; there are better players out there to be gotten.

  3. By TLL on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    pass on sanders……go after asomugha or atogwe

  4. By DRS on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    According to the Vikings There is better than a 50-50 chance that there will be a work stoppage on March 4. Looks like all the NFL fans have to look forward to is the Draft, and then to play there fantasy foot ball games. It is looking good for a new stadium in Minnesota.

  5. By Joe on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    Actually, it does look like there is a little better thanca 50-50 chance. The two sides have been meeting for the last 4 days, including 8 hours yesterday. It might get done.

  6. By TLL on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    joe – i hope so…..but im not gonna hold my breath.

  7. By Frederick Jones on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    When Randy Moss was released by the Vikings, only ONE TEAM in the ENTIRE NFL was interested, and that was the Tennessee Titans !

  8. By Parody on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    I’d still go for Sanders. It won’t be a huge gamble since he’ll be cheaper now than any other time in his career. That is, unless he cannot stop getting injured. If nothing else, he can still be an example for some of the younger guys like Abdullah who are showing some promise.

  9. By Parody on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    Fred – Why are you bringing it up? If you really don’t want him back on the team, then just be happy that nobody is talking about him.

  10. By DRS on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    Moss is good, but not a team player, like some other players that are out there. Get a team player first then look at their talent. I think a team player will in the long run beat a talented player.

    I think we need linemen first in the draft then a defensive secondary that can hang onto the ball when they INT. Then look at a QB to back up Joe, or whatever veteran QB we get.

  11. By DRS on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    Bob Sanders, I feel is to beat up, and used up to be a good fit for the Vikings.

  12. By TLL on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    i like the idea of drafting a left OT high in the draft and moving mcdumbie to right OT and loadholt to right G. i think that would improve our O-line greatly. the only position that i would question then would be C.

  13. By DRS on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    Would it not be better to Draft for that position?

  14. By DRS on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    I think we need a field goal kicker, badly, one who can kick in all weather and conditions.

  15. By DRS on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    Got to go. G0D bless.

  16. By Eugene on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    Honestly its not a matter of the man getting injured that’s football injuries happen its more about how the player bounces back after injury. I say take him if his track record shows he bounces back not not lack production why not give Sanders a shot. A player shouldn’t be frowned upon because he get injured

  17. By TLL on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    Sanders played in 14 games in 2005, earning the first of two Pro Bowl selections. A knee injury limited him to just four regular-season games in 2006.

    Sanders was healthy again in 2007, playing in 15 games, earning another Pro Bowl trip and becoming the first Colts player to win the league’s top defensive award, but injuries limited him to just six regular-season games in 2008. In 2009, he missed the first five games following knee surgery and, in his second game back, tore the biceps in his left arm and missed the rest of the season.

    Sanders didn’t even make it through that many games this season. He tore his right biceps on the first defensive series of the season opener and didn’t play again.

  18. By TLL on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    In the last three seasons, Bob Sanders has played in just 9 games. In his career with the Colts, he’s played a complete season just once, in 2007. For his career Sanders has played in only 48 of 112 possible games. No one will deny however, that when Bob Sanders was on the football field, he was arguably one of the best safeties in the NFL.

  19. By TLL on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    thats what scares me, sure hes great when hes on the field……..when hes on the field.

  20. By greymous on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    I think he would be a good addition to the Vikings but would want to see a contract that only paid him a low to mid level salary IF he plays. Don’t give a lot of guaranteed money just in case he’s hurt again and only plays a couple of games.

    He’s got talent and if healthy I’d love to get him on board.

  21. By Parody on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    An incentive based contract would be a good idea. Give him incentives not only for games played, but also for the number of tackles and turnovers he creates. It will encourage him to be as good as possible, and will guarantee that he is earning what he makes.

    I’m just curious as to how incentive based contracts are reflected in calculating the team’s overall salary to stay underneath the salary cap. I would guess that it is calculated as if the player earns the maximum of the potential incentives, but that could very well be wrong.

  22. By LESLIE FRAZIER on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    DON’T GET BOB SANDERS. DRAFT DEANDRE MCDANIELS (CLEMSON), QUINTON CARTER (OKLAHOMA), OR ROBERT SANDS (WEST VIRGINIA)

  23. By Jason on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t go for Bob Sanders. Get Asomugha and/or Atogwe.

  24. By Rocksalt on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    our defense will need some players….the Williams boys will be suspended, and old Pat is not what he was 2 years ago

  25. By rino on Feb 23, 2011 | Reply

    PARODY i AGREE WITH U ON SANDERS STILL A LOT LEFT IN HIS TANK AND A BETTER OPTION THAN WILLIAMS WITH COOK AND GRIFFN COMING BACK AND SOME NEW FACES AT CORNER HAVE SANDERS WOULD BE GOOD. HE WOULD HAVE SOME HELP AND NOT HAVE TO TRY AND KILL HIM SELF TRYING TO MAKE PLAYS

  26. By Gubber on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Why in the world would anyone want a safety who plays such a small percentage of games every year !!! All he would do is take up a roster spot and collect a paycheque. Only way I’d have him on my team is if I could get him at a bargain basement price.

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