Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that free agent safety James Sanders agreed to a one-year deal with the Falcons today. Sanders visited and worked out for the Falcons earlier today, after being cut by the New England Patriots on Monday.
Sanders is a six-year veteran that served off and on as a starter for the Patriots since being drafted by them in the fourth round of the 2005 draft out of Fresno State. He has played both free and strong safety in the past. He played the former position primarily when the Patriots had Rodney Harrison at strong safety, and then moved to strong safety in recent years with the introduction of Brandon Meriweather to the lineup. He split time with Patrick Chung at the strong safety position last season. He started 9 games, finishing with 56 tackles and 3 interceptions. Sanders also has produced on special teams, tallying 30 career tackles over his career in New England.