Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Falcons will meet with free agent safety James Sanders on Tuesday. Sanders was released by the New England Patriots earlier today.
Sanders is well-known to Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, who was in New England when that team drafted Sanders in the fourth round of the 2005 draft. In his six seasons with the Patriots, Sanders provided valuable depth for the Patriots at both free and strong safety in the past. He served as the team’s starting free safety in 2007 and 2008, before being reduced to a part-time role the past two seasons when the Patriots used a second round pick on Patrick Chung in the 2009 draft. He has played both free and strong safety in the past for the Patriots. For his career, Sanders has started 50 games, recorded 279 tackles and picked off 8 passes.
If the Falcons sign Sanders, it will likely be to add depth at either safety positions where he can work as the top reserve behind both Thomas DeCoud and William Moore. Currently, Shann Schillinger and Rafael Bush are slated to fill those rules. Both are second-year players that have yet to record a tackle on regular defense in 15 appearances between them.