After being cut earlier this month by the Jaguars, wide receiver and return man Ace Sanders went unclaimed on waivers last Monday, becoming a free agent. A week later, Sanders is still without a job, but he has received interest from several teams, including the Seahawks, Dolphins, and Lions, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.
Per Wilson, no deal is imminent yet for Sanders, with training camps around the corner. However, teams are looking into both his play on the field and his character off it. The former fourth-round pick served a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy during his time in Jacksonville.
Sanders, 23, had a decent rookie season in 2013, hauling in 51 balls, though he only averaged 9.5 yards per catch and reached the end zone just once. The South Carolina product wasn’t a major part of the Jaguars’ offense last season, after the team used multiple 2014 draft picks to add receiving help. He saw just seven targets in 2014, earning most of his playing time on special teams, where he returned 32 punts, averaging 7.1 yards per return.
If Sanders signs with Seattle, Miami, Detroit, or any other NFL team in the near future, he’ll likely have the opportunity to compete for a roster spot as a returner, a special-teamer, or a fourth or fifth receiver — or in some combination of those roles.