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CB Lewis Sanders signed

Posted by Mike Reiss, Globe Staff March 6, 2008 05:03 PM

The Patriots announced the signing of CB Lewis Sanders today.

A bit from the team's press release:

Lewis Sanders, 29, is a veteran of eight NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns (2000-2004), Houston Texans (2005-06) and Atlanta Falcons (2007). The 6-foot-1-inch, 210-pound cornerback has played in 87 career games with 25 starts and has recorded 172 career tackles (137 solo), one sack, five interceptions for 90 yards, 31 passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, while also totaling 51 special teams tackles.

Last season with Atlanta, Sanders played in 14 games with six starts after being signed by the Falcons as an unrestricted free agent on March 7, 2007. He recorded 32 tackles (28 solo) and two passes defensed before being placed on the reserve/injured list with a chest injury on Dec. 17, 2007. He was released by the Falcons on Feb. 15, 2008.

The team also officially announced the signing of S Tank Williams.

21 comments so far...
  1. What is up with all these signing of seriously injured DB???
    Can somebody explain to me??

    Posted by Jeffrey March 6, 08 05:48 PM
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  1. Does seem like a lot are hurt. What about Takeo SPikes - just released by the Fleagles! Would he be a goof fit! Of course he was another guy hurt at the end of last year!

    Posted by PatsFaninIndiana March 6, 08 06:01 PM
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  1. Hope he plays more like Deon Sanders than Colonel Sanders!

    Posted by Kyle Lahti March 6, 08 06:03 PM
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  1. Acquiring the undervalued. It's how you run a good business.

    Posted by Ryan March 6, 08 06:06 PM
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  1. As I see it the Pats, need to bring in some DB with some experience just in case their young DB's don't step up as they are expedting. They have some pretty good DB's who have only gotten rep's in practice and a couply of Pre Season games. But they have potential to be very good. Antwain Spann have been waiting for his opportunity and he will get it this year, He has the same type of ability as Asanta has and is a play maker. Brandon Meriwether will improve this season with more time to learn the system. So I think the Pats have a plan to not spend alot of money on long term Free Agents DB's, because they may have what they need already.

    Posted by Harold March 6, 08 06:20 PM
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  1. But Ryan it is not how you win the Super Bowl

    Posted by bob March 6, 08 06:32 PM
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  1. You have to really suck to get cut by the Falcons

    Posted by Gick March 6, 08 06:46 PM
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  1. Sanders has had some injuries in the past which have slowed his development. He is a nickel/dime CB and ST's player, nothing more. He does have good size going for him and he is a good athlete. He is football savy and can quickly diagnose plays. His physicality with the bump and run is probably his best skill. He seems a little stiff and kind of looks like a S playing corner sometimes but has good enough speed for deep coverage once he gets going and he can make plays on the ball. The Pats are building depth and creating competition for spots in the defensive backfield, I can assure you they are not done signing veteran defensive backs in FA and will draft 2-3 players there as well.

    Posted by Nikos March 6, 08 06:54 PM
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  1. Takeo Spikes? What has he done for or with the last three teams he was with? We need that mythical LB who can both tackle and cover the middle.

    Posted by Space Bandito March 6, 08 07:13 PM
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  1. Watched a MN game last season....Williams was horrible....should change his name to Toast (as in burnt) Williams....perhaps the Pats system will be a better fit?

    Posted by John Pescatore March 6, 08 07:23 PM
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  1. a CB over 6 feet tall! AMEN

    Posted by Alex March 6, 08 07:23 PM
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  1. Looks like they are just taking some chances on players for cheap money, hoping that they are undervalued because of injury. Mike Vrabel ring a bell?

    Posted by Steve March 6, 08 07:30 PM
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  1. So Bob, you don't think building depth and adding low risk/decent reward players helps a team to win a Super Bowl?

    How dare the Patriots, they should be be either trading for DeAngelo Hall, Ed Reed, Brain Dawkins and Donte Whitner, or they should be doing nothing at all.

    Posted by J March 6, 08 07:47 PM
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  1. By the way releasing a player doesn't equate to a bad football player. Money is also a determinating factor. aka Lawyer Milloy!

    Posted by Bill March 6, 08 08:01 PM
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  1. our o line needs to shape up, we sign some more cbs and lbs and we are good! tampa here we come!

    Posted by Alex March 6, 08 08:05 PM
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  1. Have faith, in Bill we trust.... right. I think Spikes would fit nicely in the middle of the Pats defense, sure would get younger than they are now, probably a little quicker too.

    Posted by Ted March 6, 08 09:36 PM
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  1. I never doubt Belichick and the Patriots sytem but signing all these injured plague guys that haven't done anythign for other teams just seems crazy to me. But I never coached a team to 3 - SB wins either.

    Hopefully Kansas City releases Law and he agrees to come back for a lowe pay. Yeah right, and i'll win megabucks to.

    Posted by PJ March 6, 08 10:39 PM
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  1. I have a feeling if we can sign Adam Seward he can be like another Vrabel; a poor man's ILB man's Mike Vrabel. Probably for a 3 year, 5 mill contract. Better long-term than Takeo, who did suck it up recently

    Posted by Bryan March 6, 08 10:49 PM
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  1. The Pats need to keep the #7 pick and draft a cornerback---Leodis McKelvin, Mike Jenkins, or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
    Look at the dbs who have left---Law, Milloy, and Samuel---and look who is left at cornerback.
    Don't forget the Pats drafted Richard Seymour at #6 and he helped to make the D-line better.
    Forget about these free agent dbs. Duane Starks anybody?

    Posted by John Wong March 7, 08 12:03 AM
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  1. I don't think Duane Starks was physical enough against most of the receivers while he played here that and injury, is why he was released.

    Bring back Ty Law for veteran play and support and go Hobbs go...

    Posted by AT March 7, 08 09:58 AM
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  1. I agree that we need to keep the #7 pick, but a CB that high in this year's draft is not worth it. If we are picking that high, we should go all out and pick the best player (DE/LB) available and if Gholston is still on the board, it's a no brainer. Gholston is versatile and can be made into an edge pass rusher (OLB), so Thomas/Bruschi play inside and Vrabel on the other edge. Seward brought in for depth to sub-in for Bruschi would be GOLDEN! Hope all this plays out that way, lol!

    Posted by Prat Pai March 7, 08 10:05 AM
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