Source: Chargers to sign Bob Sanders

Updated: March 3, 2011, 9:38 PM ET
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Former Indianapolis Colts safety Bob Sanders plans to sign a one-year deal with the San Diego Chargers Thursday night, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Sanders also visited the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills this offseason, according to sources.

Since signing a five-year, $37.5 million deal after being named the defensive player of the year in 2007, the oft-injured Sanders played in only nine regular-season games for the Colts.

Sanders played in just one game last season, leaving the Colts' opener on the team's first defensive series with a torn left biceps.

With safety Antoine Bethea signing a four-year, $27 million contract last summer; Melvin Bullitt, Sanders' backup, emerging as a competent starter; and the Colts still trying to sign four-time league MVP Peyton Manning to a new long-term deal, there wasn't enough room to keep Sanders.

Sanders has 373 tackles, 3½ sacks, two forced fumbles, three recoveries and six interceptions in seven NFL seasons.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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