Tonight it was made official: Bob Sanders will remain in Indianapolis as the NFL’s finest safety. ESPN is reporting that the Colts have inked Sanders to a 5-year, $37.5 million dollar deal. $20 million of the contract is guaranteed.
It has been speculated that the Colts would have to choose between Sanders and franchise tight end Dallas Clark, allowing one to leave via free agency. To me, the Colts made the right choice. Even though Sanders is on the defensive side of the ball, he is the bigger game-changing player at this point. Clark has also struggled with injuries during his career, which makes Sanders an even safer bet.
That said, I’d be willing to wager that the Colts find a way to keep Clark as they did Sanders. There has been talk for many seasons of the Colts having to choose between different players; and all the while the only great player they’ve let leave was an aging Edgerrin James. Whoever is in charge of keeping this franchise in cap-shape is doing an excellent job of allowing them to continue reloading rather than rebuilding, and keeping their core players together.