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Report: Sanders to visit Jaguars

Posted by: under Vikings, NFC, Leslie Frazier, Leslie Frazier Updated: February 21, 2011 - 11:39 AM

There was plenty of speculation that Minnesota might be a good fit for safety Bob Sanders after the often-injured veteran was released by Indianapolis on Friday. As Chip pointed out, Sanders is familiar with Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, dating to the 2005 and 2006 seasons when the latter was an assistant with the Colts.

But the Vikings haven't been doing much business with the threat of a lockout looming on March 3 and it appears that might not change when it comes to Sanders. ESPN reports that Sanders is in Jacksonville today visiting with the Jaguars.

Unlike the unrestricted and restricted free agents who won't hit the market until 11:01 p.m. March 3, or won't hit it at all if there is a lockout, players who have been released (like Sanders) can sign with a team until March 3.

That means Sanders could be off the market quickly.

Another safety in the same situation is O.J. Atogwe, who was let go by St. Louis. The Rams let Atogwe go rather than pay an $8 million roster bonus on Feb. 21. Howard Balzer of ESPN 101 in St. Louis reports that Atogwe will meet with the Washington Redskins.

 

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