How quickly things can change in the NFL.
Three years ago, Bob Sanders was looking like he'd be an elite safety for quite a while. He had just been named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year and had earned a new five-year, $37.5 million contract from the Colts with $20 million guaranteed.
Today, Sanders was released.
The two-time Pro Bowl strong safety was let go by Indianapolis after appearing in just nine games over the course of the last three seasons. Yes, you read that correctly: Nine total games in three seasons since the 2007 Defensive Player of the Year award.
Sanders battled a myriad of injuries over that time, most notably a torn biceps tendon, and with the Colts set to owe him $6 million including bonuses for the 2011 season, they had to cut ties with their 2004 second-round pick.
Because Sanders has been released (making him a street free agent), teams can sign him at any point, and don't need to wait until a new collective bargaining agreement is reached before they ink him to a deal. Now, before anyone suggests that Sanders should team up with Ed Reed here in Baltimore to give the Ravens possibly the most talented safety duo in the NFL, let me stop you in your tracks.
The Ravens already have a veteran safety who has battled injuries and has an uncertain future. They don't need to add Sanders, giving them two brittle guys on the back end who might not be around much longer.
Reed and Sanders would make a great tandem in Madden. At this point, it wouldn't make much sense in real life.
Meanwhile, in a somewhat complicated legal situation, wide receiver/kickoff returner David Reed has resolved a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana without admitting guilt. The case is closed for now, and Reed will get off without having to go to trial. He also avoided a fine or jail time.
The 2010 fifth-round pick was issued a summons for misdemeanor possession of marijuana last month. He was scheduled to have a Feb. 23 court date, but according to court records, entered a plea other than guilty or not guilty.
You confused yet?
Basically, as long as Reed avoids any charges for the next three years, the case will remain closed. If Reed is charged with a crime, a judge could reopen the case.
Enjoy the warm weather while we've got it, folks. Winter should return any day now.