As usual, Mike Tannenbaum is doing his due diligence.
The Jets are hosting free agent Bob Sanders for a visit at the team's Florham Park, N.J. training facility today, a league source confirmed. The oft-injured safety was released by the Colts last month, in part because he can't seem to stay healthy and hasn't been on the field much over the past two seasons.
Sanders, who turned 30 last week, has appeared in only nine regular season games since inking a five-year deal, $37.5 million deal on the heels of being named the 2007 defensive player of the year. When healthy, he's among the NFL's elite at his position, but injuries have dogged him during his seven-year career.
Sanders has played in only 48 games in his seven seasons, which is significantly less than the number of games he's missed (64). He's had knee injuries and torn the biceps in both arms. He tore his right biceps on the Colts' first defensive series in their 2010 season opener and missed the rest of the season.
The Jets aren't exactly set at safety, which is why they decided to give Sanders a look. Jim Leonhard is recovering from a broken leg suffered in early December, and Brodney Pool and Eric Smith are free agents. Smith was tendered by the Jets as a restricted free agent under the current collective bargaining agreement, but it remains to be seen if those same rules will remain in place whenever a new CBA is struck.