The Atlanta Falcons and free-agent safety James Sanders agreed to a one-year contract on Tuesday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, citing the player's agent.
"Tough release there with James Sanders," New England coach Bill Belichicktold the Boston Globe on Monday. "James has been a good guy to have on this team. A hard-working kid. He really has developed from the time he came to us as a draft choice from Fresno [State] and he's been a really solid team player for us but we just, part of the move, needed to release people. But he was a tough one."
Sanders was slated to make $2.8 million with New England. He was a full-time starter for the Patriots in 2007 and 2008, and started nine games for them last season, recording 42 tackles and three interceptions.