Originally Posted by infantrycak
If a player has years left on his contract (which Sanders did--that is why he went through the waivers process), then the contract is tolled during the time spent in retirement and if he comes back the team holding his contract still has his rights. There was some discussion a year or two ago about Barry Sanders coming back but the conclusion was he wouldn't play for the Lions and they still had his rights.
Thanks for clearing that up, but the question is now how many years are left on his contract from Washington. I'd think that it must be expired by now, because he played a year with them and he was out for most if it right? He spent a year or two retired before they waived his rights, and then the Chargers claimed him. I wouldn't think a heads up GM like Ozzie Newsome would openly say he'd be interested and tryout Sanders if he thought the Chargers could use it against him in a deal for his rights. Certainly there must be some information about this that would clear this all up.