INDIANAPOLIS, IN—Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay met with local media members Thursday afternoon to discuss a variety of topics. While Peyton Manning's contract negotiations and the NFL labor situation were clearly hot topics, Irsay also addressed other potential personnel decisions.
Irsay expressed an interested in working out a new contract with kicker Adam Vinatieri, but didn't sound as optimistic when addressing the situation regarding often-injured safety Bob Sanders.
The Colts owner officially closed the book on Sanders' career Friday and announced the teams' plans through his twitter account, @jimirsay.
"We have released Bob Sanders today. We thank Bob 4 all his incredible contributions from his Sup Bowl pic 2 def player of year honors."
While Sanders' claim to fame was his spectacular hits and ability to stop the run early in his Colts career, he was more known for injuries. Over the last three years, Sanders played in nine games, while missing 39. Sanders still had two years left on his 5-year 37.5 million dollar contract signed in December, 2007. However, his time spent on the injured list as opposed to the playing field clearly factored into the teams' decision to release him.
The Colts issued a release later in the day which included a statement from Sanders.
"I want to thank Mr. (Jim) Irsay for the opportunity to play with the Colts, said Sanders. I appreciate all he and the organization did for me throughout my career, and I always will consider myself a Colt. I want to thank the fans also for their great support. They played a big part in making my seven years with the team very rewarding.
Sanders played in 48 regular season games in his seven seasons in Indianapolis registering 290 tackles and six interceptions. He was a key contributor during the playoff run that resulted in a Super Bowl XLI victory in 2007.