Emmanuel Sanders will remain a Steeler for another season after Pittsburgh matched New England’s one-year, $2.5 million offer. But if the Steelers lose Sanders a year from now, they’ll regret passing on the Patriots’ third-round pick. And Sanders’ agent is talking like a man who wants to test free agency 11 months from now.
Agent Jordan Woy told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the Steelers are going to have to make Sanders a very lucrative offer if they’re going to lock him up for the long term before he gets a chance to test the market in 2014.
“We are also open to him playing the year out. It would have to be a very good deal for us to sign a multi-year agreement,” Woy said.
Woy sounds like he believes there will be multiple teams eager to offer Sanders a contract in free agency next year, in part because, he says, the Patriots weren’t the only team to make Sanders an offer this year.
“We had several teams make offers in free agency so we know there are teams who really like Emmanuel,” Woy said.
The Steelers really like Emmanuel, too — enough that they turned down a chance to get a third-round draft pick for him. But that doesn’t mean they’ll be able to afford the kind of contract that Sanders will command next year.