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Falcons Ink Former Pats Safety James Sanders

The Falcons have come to terms with former Pats free agent safety James Sanders. The former Patriot inks a one-year deal with the team. No terms have been released.

A fourth-round pick by the Patriots out of Fresno State in 2005, Sanders has been a part-time starter in New England over the last six seasons. Over 84 games, including 50 starts, Sanders has 301 tackles, one quarterback sack and eight interceptions, including a career-high three in 2010.

Sanders was due $2.8 million in base salary in 2011, the final year of his current contract, but was released on Monday. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff was the Patriots’ Director of College Scouting when Sanders entered the league.

Had Sanders not reached a deal with the Falcons, he was scheduled to visit with the Chiefs, whose general manager Scott Pioli, was New England’s Vice President of Player Personnel when Sanders was drafted.

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