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Steelers need to offer a “very good deal” to keep Sanders from testing free agency

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The Steelers ponied up the cash to match the Patriots’ offer for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders this offseason, assuring that the team would not wind up losing two of their top three receivers to other AFC clubs.

Keeping Sanders beyond this year is still up in the air, however. Sanders is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 season and said during an interview with 93.7 The Fan   last week that contract talks are going on with the team right now. Sanders’ agent doesn’t expect those conversations to amount to a deal, however.

Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Jordan Woy said that he believes unrestricted free agency is likely for Sanders and that it would take a “very good deal” from the Steelers for his client to pass up the opportunity to talk to other teams.

Sanders has said that he wants to remain in Pittsburgh, but the Steelers aren’t likely to pay Sanders for what he might do in an expanded role in the offense now that Mike Wallace is in Miami. Based on what Woy said, Sanders seems equally unlikely to agree to a deal that pays him based on his production to this point in his career, which could set up a situation where a breakout year for Sanders windes up making him less likely to return to Pittsburgh in 2014.

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35 Responses to “Steelers need to offer a “very good deal” to keep Sanders from testing free agency”
  1. greglloydrules says: May 26, 2013 1:23 PM

    If he stays, cool. If he leaves then the best of luck to him. All I know is that if he wants to get paid, he needs to a great season and that’s sounds awesome to me.

  2. Stiller43 says: May 26, 2013 1:24 PM

    Considering he’s done nothing special in the league, i wouldnt think the deal wouldnt have to be THAT special, but his agent is doing and saying the only things he should.

    If he came out and said, “yeah, ya know, they could offer us an average to bad deal, and we’d sign it right away!” then it would be news.

    Obviously since he signed an offer sheet with NE, he has an idea at least how 1 other team values him. (Their value of him likely has changed since they drafted a couple WRs, but it’s still likely higher than the Steelers can/will offer)

  3. steelcurtainn says: May 26, 2013 1:32 PM

    You don’t break the bank with the steelers. The steelers will sign sanders depending on what he does this year and the STEELERS set market value on him. We have seen numerous receivers leave over the years, Holmes, Wallace etc. The same will be said with sanders if his agent test the front office with crazy numbers. I like him to stay as a slot receiver but he’s not irreplaceable.

  4. bigjd says: May 26, 2013 1:48 PM

    What has he done to earn a big contract?

  5. redpillmindstate says: May 26, 2013 1:59 PM

    That means he’s looking like he wants the same type of money Victor Cruz is hollering about …something in the neighborhood of 10 milly a season… and Mike Wallace who had much more production and value only managed to garner an 8 mil per offer with the Steelers ….. hope you draft well because another one bites the silverspoon and heads off to greener pastures and fatter bank accounts….

  6. kravenm3 says: May 26, 2013 2:03 PM

    If Sanders can prove capable of holding on to the ball while he is sprinting in the open field this year he might get a decent offer. He needs to have a great year as the #2 if he wants to get paid.

  7. nemobhax says: May 26, 2013 2:11 PM

    Interesting plan, considering he was terrible last year with more fumbles than touchdowns.

  8. blackngold4life says: May 26, 2013 2:12 PM

    It wont be Antonio Brown $…and it shouldn’t be..plus we just drafted Brown..Woods & Wheaton

  9. z06vision says: May 26, 2013 2:16 PM

    We should of got the pick from the patriots.

  10. 1mommicked1 says: May 26, 2013 2:30 PM

    Wallace in Miami will be as big a disaster as Holmes is with the Jets

  11. jeffa43 says: May 26, 2013 2:41 PM

    Get the feeling Marcus Wheaton & Brown will be the 1 2 combo by mid season… Obviously Brown 1… If Heath is healthy, Wheaton will be a tough mismatch for db’s…

    And we let Sanders walk at the end of the year.

  12. davetexansfan says: May 26, 2013 3:36 PM

    Honest to God, I really don’t think Sanders is that good of a WR. I mean he’s kinda just decent all around. And decent WR’s are a dime a dozen in the NFL. He’s a #3 WR at best. I really don’t understand how he can feel like he deserves more money. The Steelers definitely won’t pay him regardless of the season he has, and they shouldn’t. I hate the Steelers more than anything in this world, but they sure know how to run a successful franchise.

  13. steelercrazy says: May 26, 2013 3:48 PM

    Sanders is a # 3 receiver and is not getting 10 million per year from the Steelers, wouldn’t be surprised if Wheaton passes him up this year. But I suppose in free agency some mediocre franchise that’s used to losing will offer him that kind of money, like the way they always over-pay their free agents. Those teams are too stupid not to.

  14. partmachine says: May 26, 2013 4:43 PM

    Steeler fans are so dumb. He hasn’t turned down any offers yet and he’s on your team. Support the guy. If he does get a fair offer and declines it then bash away. All players need to find out their value before they make decisions, but you’ve got a year before that happens. If you really want to come out of this on top, just do what the Ravens do.

  15. contract says: May 26, 2013 5:12 PM

    We don’t need Sanders now that we’ve got Markus Wheaton.

  16. halftermguv says: May 26, 2013 6:03 PM

    I honestly don’t get these guys demanding maximum pay for average production.

    They need to understand the NFL is no longer in a period where each draft class yielded a handful of starters. College programs are light years ahead of programs as late as 10 – 15 years ago. Players have specialized position training, film study, and talented coaching staffs on dozens of programs. You could count the best programs on one hand in the 1970’s, ’80’s and early ’90’s.

    Bottom line is no one is irreplaceable; at least be affordable to a team (right Brian Urlacher?).

  17. japmen says: May 26, 2013 6:06 PM

    Who cares? The Steelers suck and will continue to suck for a while. Too cheap to keep the talent needed in a new NFL. The past means nothing. Today…the steelers suck!

  18. misterwhite23 says: May 26, 2013 6:48 PM

    It’s crazy to read the ignorant comments from all the none steelers fans. They have the most Superbowl wins and tied for Superbowl appearances of any NFL franchise for a reason. They are the only team in sports that has constantly had winning seasons with out buying there teams. (Lakers & Yankees) They do it by drafting and replacing just like sanders can be I hope he doesn’t leave but if he does someone will step up!

  19. juststeel says: May 26, 2013 6:52 PM

    Slow news day, if you told me he was likely to sign that would be a story. The Steelers absolutely will not overpay for average players.

  20. Joemontanaflacco says: May 26, 2013 8:28 PM

    He wanted to leave and the Steelers’ chaotic FO blew their salary cap wad and forced him to stay another year. Don’t bet on any significant production from him. Who wants to risk injury on another throwaway season? Oh, and the Steelers are BROKE.

  21. steel2372 says: May 26, 2013 8:43 PM

    He has an opportunity to start this year in a different role. We will see how good he could possibly be. He is only going to get better and the potential is there. It would be great if he would sign the Steelers offer now before he hits free agency because once he does some team out there very much like the Dolphins will sign him to an inflated contract for his services. The Steelers did sign two good young receivers but will they be ready in their second season in the nfl to start? Another season under Sanders belt would be beneficial and he may become a star.

  22. ironman721 says: May 26, 2013 9:00 PM

    Markus Wheaton will be better with less drops.

  23. crownofthehelmet says: May 26, 2013 11:30 PM

    AFCN rank:
    Green, Brown, Sanders, Torrey, Cotchery. Burress & Jacoby tie for last.

  24. Joemontanaflacco says: May 27, 2013 8:51 AM

    Wait, Crown. If “Jumpball Joe” is so bad, then Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones must be the BEST receivers in the league. Care to sort that one out? Didn’t think so.

  25. mdev1987 says: May 27, 2013 9:14 AM

    For u steeler fans who love Wheaton shouldn’t hop on board yet. Dude struggled to run routes that weren’t down field. N don’t ask him to go across the middle. He hates the sounds of footsteps. But you’ll all read this n say,”you never watched him play”. Haha oh contrare!

  26. Nofoolnodrool says: May 27, 2013 10:33 AM

    Joemontanaflacco | May 27, 2013, 8:51 AM EDT
    Wait, Crown. If “Jumpball Joe” is so bad, then Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones must be the BEST receivers in the league. Care to sort that one out? Didn’t think so.

    Of course they are the best they play for the ravens knucklehead…..time will tell on Jump Ball Joe…you will see skippy.

  27. steelercrazy says: May 27, 2013 10:52 AM

    One of Wheaton’s strong points is being a polished route runner and it’s proven on tape, so what you said is made up and never happened.

  28. scoobies05 says: May 27, 2013 11:08 AM

    wow nofool…2 insults on 1 post. not bad. i think what joe was referring to is that crown’s logic is off because they ravens cant have the worst qb and the worst wrs. based on crowns coments either the receivers bail out joe or joe helps the receivers. we were just seeking clarification. happy memorial day to you. thank you for your service

  29. Nofoolnodrool says: May 27, 2013 1:38 PM

    scoobies05 | May 27, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT
    wow nofool…2 insults on 1 post. not bad. i think what joe was referring to is that crown’s logic is off because they ravens cant have the worst qb and the worst wrs. based on crowns coments either the receivers bail out joe or joe helps the receivers. we were just seeking clarification. happy memorial day to you. thank you for your service

    Cry baby scoobie glad to serve for people like you and thanks for being so thoughtful it’s appreciated on this special, but under appreciated day.
    Back to business two insults…hardly just love taps for the troll.

  30. crownofthehelmet says: May 27, 2013 2:10 PM

    jmf and scoobie, here’s my explanation, and I’ll type slow:
    Boldin bailed out Flacco on the jump balls, which is why he’ll be exposed this year with a mediocre recv’g group. Thank you.

  31. scoobies05 says: May 27, 2013 3:22 PM

    to nofool….thanks to you i can cry all i want…any regrets?
    to crown….sure wish you knew what you were talking about. i guess according to you joe just throws popups every time and hopes for the best. i did lmao at your poetry in motion comment regarding ben’s scrambles. anyways…whatever joe does it resulted in a sb mvp award along with a lombardi. guess you havent accepted that yet or that the ravens are the superior squad heading in to 2013.

  32. Nofoolnodrool says: May 27, 2013 3:41 PM

    scoobies05 | May 27, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT
    to nofool….thanks to you i can cry all i want…any regrets?
    to crown….sure wish you knew what you were talking about. i guess according to you joe just throws popups every time and hopes for the best. i did lmao at your poetry in motion comment regarding ben’s scrambles. anyways…whatever joe does it resulted in a sb mvp award along with a lombardi. guess you havent accepted that yet or that the ravens are the superior squad heading in to 2013.

    Regrets are like stats only losers bring them up. Can’t change what’s already happened. The ravens are superior until they start playing but right now in your mind they have already won the Super Bowl as is the raven fan boy credo.

  33. scoobies05 says: May 27, 2013 4:29 PM

    we did win the super bowl. and you are correct. there is always luck and making the best of that luck that goes into it. and i understand that the odds of a repeat arent good to say the least. however i do feel the ravens have improved from last year. the defense on paper is better and the offense without cam should continue to improve. i would love to actually discuss football without the useless back and forth nonsense. but like you when folks say just flat out stupid things i respond. do i actualy think the steelers are bad. of course not. i do believe they are trending down a bit. but we will see. your response sir?

  34. Nofoolnodrool says: May 27, 2013 5:00 PM

    The steelers are definitely in transition as teams tend to when they have had a good run. But face facts the ravens are one Flacco knee from disaster and a realist knows that and doesn’t boast with any tone of invincibility . That being said it is like every season…a clean slate and those with an open mind approach each year the same way. Only the fan boys have their eyes in the sky but their head is up their butt.

  35. scoobies05 says: May 28, 2013 12:16 PM

    you were so close…oh well nofool. better luck next time

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