Arizona Cardinals, Safety James Sanders Reach Terms On New Deal

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08: James Sanders #36 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates after he tackled Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants for a safety on an intentional grounding call against Manning in the end zone in the first quarter during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

It appears that the Cardinals truly weren't done mixing it up in the free agency market after all. On Wednesday, James Sanders took to Twitter (as has become so common for professional athletes these days) to announce that he is heading to the desert to become a member of the birdgang.

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed at this time, but the role that Sanders will play here in the desert is fairly clear.

Here was the tweet Sanders sent out on Wednesday afternoon:

After Sean Considine left to become a member of the Ravens, the Cardinals were bound to look for someone to help replace his special teams production. Sanders can do just that, as he does have experience playing as a special teams player during his time with the Falcons and the Patriots.

Also, the status of Hamza Abdullah and his possible return becomes much more cloudy with Sanders being signed. Abdullah is still an unrestricted free agent that does not bring nearly as much experience at the safety position as does Sanders.

In fact, don't be surprised to see Sanders on the field for some snaps on the defense. He is a very effective run stopping secondary player that has experience as a starter in this league. Although Rashad Johnson is almost guaranteed to return, this move will certainly place some much needed pressure on him.

Personally, I think this is a great move for the Cardinals. I do not anticipate him taking over a job from Adrian Wilson or Kerry Rhodes, but if one of them were to unfortunately become injured, I would feel fairly comfortable with Sanders taking over some of the starting snaps.

What are your thoughts on Sanders joining the Cardinals? Do you like the move?

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