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Report: Emmanuel Sanders has signed offer sheet with Patriots

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Restricted free agents hardly ever switch teams, but receiver Emmanuel Sanders may be leaving Pittsburgh for New England.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Sanders has signed an offer sheet with the Patriots.

There’s no information in the Post-Gazette report about the terms of Sanders’ contract with the Patriots, and no other media outlets have confirmed the report. But if Sanders has, in fact, signed an offer sheet, that would mean the Steelers have five days to either match the Patriots’ offer or let Sanders go and receive New England’s third-round pick in this year’s NFL draft.

Sanders caught 44 passes for 626 yards last season in Pittsburgh, and he also returns punts, which is a need for the Patriots after losing Wes Welker, who was their primary punt returner last year.

Pittsburgh, which already lost receiver Mike Wallace in free agency, currently has only three receivers on its roster: Antonio Brown, Jerricho Cotchery and Plaxico Burress.

UPDATE 7:09 a.m. ET: Not so fast — Sanders hasn’t yet signed an offer sheet with the Patriots.

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29 Responses to “Report: Emmanuel Sanders has signed offer sheet with Patriots”
  1. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 16, 2013 6:41 AM

    The Steelers have never made a mistake. Jealous of our infinite wisdom?

  2. ridnaway says: Mar 16, 2013 6:47 AM

    I love the smell of rotting Steeler flesh in the morning.

  3. escoboltsfan says: Mar 16, 2013 6:50 AM

    This receiving core looked so promising a few years ago and now it’s just Antonio Brown and a few decent vets.

  4. righthereisay says: Mar 16, 2013 6:53 AM

    Hoping the offer is minimal. Sanders isn’t incredible, but solid and young.

  5. brownspower says: Mar 16, 2013 6:53 AM

    The downward spiral in Pittsburg and Baltimore continues…

  6. johnnyhambone says: Mar 16, 2013 6:54 AM

    Dave Lolley reporter from the washington observer late last night reported sanders left new england without an offer. Who to believe Dulac or Lolley

  7. daburgher says: Mar 16, 2013 6:56 AM

    as a steelers fan, This sucks! although we did get him in the 3rd round and wallace in the 5th so hopefully Colbert can draft well this year

  8. razzlejag says: Mar 16, 2013 7:03 AM

    Nice move by the Patriots, now they can focus on the D if this works. Re-sign Talib, who is loved in NE for his play last year, to a behavior-based contract and pair him with Adrian Wilson along with McCourty, a re-signed Kyle Arrington and their #1, be it Trufant, Banks or an Alec Ogletree and the D is on the way up there.

  9. colts419 says: Mar 16, 2013 7:04 AM

    So goes the descent into mediocrity. You guys are lucky ”sixburgh” has a nice ring to it, gonna be stuck with it for a while.

  10. blackngold4life says: Mar 16, 2013 7:06 AM

    OK..hate to see Manny go..but ill gladly take another 3rd round pick…Still think we needa go WR in Rnd 1..Can’t waste that pick on a LB or DB that wont play for 2 years then leave when his contract is up and we refuse to pay him..Offense 1st and 2nd use the 2 #3s on defense. 4-7 is a crap shoot!

  11. andyreidsskinnyjeans says: Mar 16, 2013 7:06 AM

    I have a feeling that even rapist burger won’t save this team from being bad this year. I just don’t see any talent left. Dare to say the Bengals look the top dog followed by…the Browns?!?

  12. dickson29 says: Mar 16, 2013 7:13 AM

    Does hurt us if we do not match the pats offer. He was a good young player despite dropping the ball at 2 critical times at the worst moment of the game. Good move on the patriots side. it could be worse, we could be the RAVENS……..and down go the RAVENS!

  13. dawgswillhunt says: Mar 16, 2013 7:15 AM

    Sanders is a pretty good player and I am inclined to believe he would put up bigger numbers in the Patriots’ offense.

    As a Browns fan, it is nice to see this exodus of talent from the AFC North powerhouses. Let’s hope New England can steal him away.

  14. eventhorizon04 says: Mar 16, 2013 7:20 AM

    “Pittsburgh, which already lost receiver Mike Wallace in free agency, currently has only three receivers on its roster: Antonio Brown, Jerricho Cotchery and Plaxico Burress.”

    Burress and Cotchery would be solid WRs if it were 2007 instead of 2013.

  15. steelmeats says: Mar 16, 2013 7:22 AM

    That’s great! The steelers will have to use their first few picks to draft offensive skill players instead of addressing their weaknesses on defense

  16. darkblue08 says: Mar 16, 2013 7:23 AM

    Talk about renewing your receiver corp! So they are set on offence (minus a few extra linemen). But what about there secondary. They only have Dennard and Arrington as CB’s. That aint stopping anybody.

  17. mook68 says: Mar 16, 2013 7:27 AM

    I hope the Steelers don’t match New England’s offer. Sanders is average at best. Too many drops and fumbles. The Steelers need a monster draft, so I think gaining an extra 3rd round pick is huge.

  18. undraftedstar says: Mar 16, 2013 7:35 AM

    Wonder if Steelers first pick in the draft would be a receiver, or they could try offer some picks to the Cards for fitz. Fitz , Brown & Miller would be nice.

  19. blackngold4life says: Mar 16, 2013 7:49 AM

    Lol Steelers have made several “Mistakes” Slow ya roll with the “Infinite Wisdom” Bruh @ BenRoethlisberger7.. No deal was made for Sanders YET not even a offer sheet.

  20. steelers88 says: Mar 16, 2013 8:09 AM

    Ugh sigh.

  21. rawgator06 says: Mar 16, 2013 8:12 AM

    @benroethlisberger7
    I am a huge steelers fan. Even though steelers fans are dedicated and loyal as hell, I have a feeling you are just a troll who embarrasses your own fan-base. Nobody in Pittsburgh would be happy is we lost another young talent, especially since we didnt get Wallace a contract. Plax, Cotchery, and Brown would result in brown getting double teamed and the other two not being able to get separation. Be a fan, but be realistic. Dont be a jackass and mention “infinite wisdom” “wisdom” was lacking when we signed our over 30s to massive contracts

  22. rawgator06 says: Mar 16, 2013 8:14 AM

    @undraftedstar, that would be amazing, but how on earth are the steelers supposed to be able to afford Fitz? The Steelers couldnt even afford Keenan Lewis, one of our starting corners!

  23. cup1981 says: Mar 16, 2013 8:19 AM

    Stinks when you get scooped by a news outlet with a quarter of your budget lol. Good job to my hometown O-R for getting it right…

  24. andyreidsskinnyjeans says: Mar 16, 2013 8:32 AM

    That trade would make sense for both teams. Cards won’t win for at least 3 years, time to rebuild

    Wonder if Steelers first pick in the draft would be a receiver, or they could try offer some picks to the Cards for fitz. Fitz , Brown & Miller would be nice.

  25. Pittsburgh Chalk Talk says: Mar 16, 2013 9:57 AM

    Regardless of Sanders shipping out or staying in town, I really hope the Steelers are taking a nice long look at Tavon Austin. Maybe a more durable version of Harvin, and the Steelers could definitely use the explosiveness. Would immediately add to the offense and special teams.

  26. mullman76 says: Mar 16, 2013 10:39 AM

    @benroethlisberger7: You are a troll of the highest order. Since your posts serve to incite and antagonize, it’s a job well done.

  27. bosssteelerchick says: Mar 16, 2013 11:01 AM

    Addressing the article: Reports are all different in the past 30 minutes! Some say he signed, others he didn’t sign…or he might sign. I’ll wait until Sanders or the Steelers announce it. If Sanders signed, the Steelers have 5 days to match. It’s on Sanders to tell them, then the clock starts.

  28. menofsteelx6 says: Mar 16, 2013 12:09 PM

    Its a shame to see him go , but he will put up bigger numbers with Brady most likely, considering the fact BB and the offensive coordinator know how to get the ball to play makers when it matters.

  29. mikemyditka says: Mar 16, 2013 12:56 PM

    Not so fast my friend…Manny hasnt signed anything.

    but how is Sanders going to put up bigger numbers in NE?

    He’d be what, their 4th receiving option? The Steelers as recently as 2011 had two 1000 yard receivers, and Sanders is slated to be their #2.

    Unless he all of a sudden becomes Welker incarnate, that aint happening- and didnt the Pats just sign Amendola to replace Welker anyway?

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