The New England Patriots somewhat surprisingly released S James Sanders earlier this week in their first round of cuts and it wasn't long before he was set to visit a city run by a man with a New England connection -- GM Thomas Dimitroff and the Atlanta Falcons.
Sanders is visiting the Falcons today and if the two sides can't work a deal out, he is scheduled to visit the Kansas City Chiefs, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Some people thought the Chiefs may take a look at him considering GM Scott Pioli's familiarity with him. It's interesting to note that he's visiting the two teams run by guys who used to be in New England. That should tell you how those close to him regard him.
The Chiefs are seemingly set at safety but Sanders seems like one of those guys that the Chiefs talk about -- loves football, tough, hard-worker, etc. Here's what Bill Belichick said about Sanders when the Pats released him earlier this week:
"Tough release there with James Sanders,'' Belichick said. "James has been a good guy to have on this team. A hard-working kid. He really has developed from the time he came to us as a draft choice from Fresno [State] and he's been a really solid team player for us but we just, part of the move, needed to release people. But he was a tough one.''
We'll see what happens but he would be an interesting signing that would disrupt the flow of what we thought the Chiefs safeties would be.
Sanders was the Patriots fourth round pick in the 2005 draft. He is 27 years old (and has the same birthday as me, Nov. 11).