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Report: Broncos likely to add Emmanuel Sanders

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At some point, the Broncos will be done making big splashes in free agency.

But not just yet, it appears.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Broncos are likely to reach a deal with Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who hauled in 67 passes for 740 yards and six touchdowns in 2013 for Pittsburgh.

Sanders, who turns 27 on Monday, has played four seasons for Pittsburgh. The Patriots tried to sign him away in restricted free agency in 2013, but the Steelers matched the offer.

Sanders has taken free agent visits to the Jaguars, Buccaneers and Chiefs, and he reportedly was to visit with the 49ers. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS, Sanders was to arrive in San Francisco on Saturday night.

Earlier Saturday, Sanders — PFT’s No. 39-ranked free agent — tweeted out a YouTube video thanking Steelers fans.

Sanders (5-11, 180) has good quickness and was a solid starter opposite top target Antonio Brown in Pittsburgh. In Denver, Sanders would help replace the production lost when Eric Decker departed for the Jets.

While Sanders is still relatively young and does come off his most productive season, he does have a couple of foot injuries in his recent past, as Scott Brown of ESPN.com highlighted on Saturday. Sanders suffered a right foot injury in the 2010 AFC title game, then further injured the foot in Super Bowl XLV. X-rays later revealed a fracture in his left foot, too. Sanders would miss five regular season games in 2011, but he hasn’t missed a game since.

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59 Responses to “Report: Broncos likely to add Emmanuel Sanders”
  1. elwaysagenius says: Mar 15, 2014 10:12 PM

    The greatest GM of the modern era strikes again.

  2. merchie89 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:16 PM

    Does Bubba get kicked from the Duke camp then?

  3. cluelessdufus says: Mar 15, 2014 10:18 PM

    They are really going all out, good thing they have these contracts front loaded so if it doesn’t work they can start rebuilding from scratch without being cap hell.

  4. dtlb58 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:19 PM

    The greatest GM of the modern era who hasn’t won a SB.
    You don’t win the NFL in March. Ask the Eagles and Redskins.

  5. letsgotemple says: Mar 15, 2014 10:21 PM

    Dream team

  6. afcdomination says: Mar 15, 2014 10:21 PM

    so he spends 2 nights in KC, and without a visit to Denver, will sign with them.

    whatever plus grade the chiefs earned after landing vance walker just went back to nothing. its actually kind of embarrassing that the broncos new #3 WR that KC couldn’t sign had more TD’s and Catches than Dwayne Bowe last year

  7. billharford31 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:21 PM

    The “greatest gm of the modern era” hasn’t won a sb as a gm, and is putting a triple mortgage on the franchise. You wont win a SB and will be the laughingstock of the league in 3 years

  8. vincentbojackson says: Mar 15, 2014 10:21 PM

    Broncos are clearly winning the offseason.

    Just like the hapless Dolphins did last year and “Dreamteam” Eagles did the year before that. How did that work out?

  9. andreboy1 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:24 PM

    What happened to John Elway’s face?

  10. denverdave3 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:26 PM

    well he better be under 4M a year or they shoulda just kept the Decker dude.

  11. lolatpatshaters says: Mar 15, 2014 10:28 PM

    The Broncos clearly fear the Boston D Party that is being built in Foxboro as we speak….

    ….. as they should.

  12. jpalughi823 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:28 PM

    i’m literally standing here shaking my head how they can do this…..and i’m a bronco fan

  13. todoubled says: Mar 15, 2014 10:29 PM

    Someone tell me how the Broncos can spend all this $$ in free agency yet still sign players in the draft?

  14. realnflmaster says: Mar 15, 2014 10:29 PM

    The JETS would have represented the AFC properly in the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, too many calls went against them during the season.

  15. 12hawksfan1976 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:30 PM

    Greatest GM of the modern era? 43-8.

  16. lolatpatshaters says: Mar 15, 2014 10:31 PM

    Elway’s next signing will be someone to share his stall and bale of hay ….

  17. denver1983 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:31 PM

    Hahahahahaha laughing at all these haters!!

    Feels great to be a Bronco fan. Don’t be mad because your GM can’t do what Elway can!!!

  18. ronj10 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:32 PM

    I love this signing! Emanuel brings that additional toughness to the offense that we need. Sorry to say but Welker could possibly be on the way out, he is 1 concussion away from missing half the season.

  19. ckg0913 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:34 PM

    So long as he avoids the Turf Monster. I’m looking at you Decker.

  20. mortyglickstein says: Mar 15, 2014 10:36 PM

    Is there a salary cap in Denver?

  21. joewilliesshnoz says: Mar 15, 2014 10:36 PM

    Who and what is an Emanuel Sanders ?

  22. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:38 PM

    How could they possibly afford him?

    He adds an element of speed to their offense they don’t have. Watch out Seattle, denver is coming at you,

  23. stopthehate15bowdown says: Mar 15, 2014 10:38 PM

    to be the best gm u got to string a couple of great drafts together in a row. My boys not there yet but he’s close. Turn around a miserable 4-12 team in 1 year. Landed the biggest free agent in history ( sorry Reggie white). Has had only 1 bust in free agent (Tracy porter) and managed the cap so well that he’s gotten a team with a 20 mill qb to 30 mil under the cap Elways going to have a whole wing in the HOF when he’s done!

  24. 8oneanddones says: Mar 15, 2014 10:38 PM

    Of course Elway has no concept of the salary cap. During his glory years the Broncos cheated their way around the cap so they could keep Elway and Terrell Davis. Look it up.

  25. denver1983 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:38 PM

    12hawksfan1976 Has been a Seattle fan since Feb 2014

  26. raideralex99 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:39 PM

    Well they won 2 SBs being over the salary cap … Cheaters!

  27. keveitel says: Mar 15, 2014 10:39 PM

    Some Dream Team……As long as Peyton Manning is the QB, the team will get close enough to touch the Lombardi trophy but will lose it in the end. The NFL’s greatest CHOKER!!!!!!!!!!! Another record broken.

  28. andreboy1 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:40 PM

    John Elway and Jerry Jones share the same “doctor”.

  29. seatownballers says: Mar 15, 2014 10:40 PM

    Buying everything now, but paying tomorrow. If peyton gets injured- this will all end badly

  30. pantherfan40 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:41 PM

    Wow broncos and pats r gunna be stacked this year good thing my team plays in the nfc

  31. jkinder33jklb2345 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:42 PM

    Let me school all you haters. 1) mortgaging the future – all these deals are cap friendly and will not make the broncos cash strapped in the future. 2) The dream team talk is stupid – they signed talib to replace DRC. Ward is an upgrade to replace Adams. Ware is an upgrade over Phillips. Sanders to replace Decker. These transactions hardly constitute the stupid notion of a dream team. All this only happens if these guys can stay healthy. Patsies are having a similar FA adding Mevis and Browner. Theyll keep wilfork and add another receiver. Id say broncos, pats, colts in the AFC

  32. pantherfan40 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:42 PM

    Can’t see any afc team competing with broncos or pats

  33. raiderapologist says: Mar 15, 2014 10:44 PM

    denver1983 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:31 PM

    Hahahahahaha laughing at all these haters!!

    Feels great to be a Bronco fan. Don’t be mad because your GM can’t do what Elway can!!!
    ———–
    Does it feel better than it did on February 2nd?

  34. FlashPatterson says: Mar 15, 2014 10:44 PM

    Can’t help but be impressed by the moves Elway is making. He brought in some solid defenders and Emmanuel Sanders will be as good as Decker with Peyton Manning at QB.

  35. rushbacker says: Mar 15, 2014 10:45 PM

    I have some bad news for all of you that keep making comments about how the Broncos are “mortgaging their future”; I’m afraid you don’t understand how the salary cap works in today’s NFL. The bulk of the salary they’re signing this off-season will be off the books in the next few years– with little or no cap hits. Teams don’t give the big signing bonuses they did a decade ago, contracts and bonus money are structured differently now. Denver isn’t going to get saddled with a bunch of dead money going forward– so sorry to disappoint you. The Talib deal, which sounds the riskiest, can be voided after this season with a grand total four million cap hit. Not exactly crippling– especially with the cap reportedly going up to 160 mil in 2016. Keep hoping, though.

  36. believeland2014 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:46 PM

    Broncos Better win the super bowl or else

  37. spoilerfutbol says: Mar 15, 2014 10:46 PM

    Now re-sign the fax machine!

  38. keltictim says: Mar 15, 2014 10:48 PM

    Didn’t NE try to sign him last year, but the steelers matched the offer sheet? I bring this up because NE, who really needs a solid 2/3 receiver, tried to get this guy last year pretty bad and doesn’t even look his way this year? That doesn’t strike anyone else as odd? Last years rookies will certainly be somewhat better this year, but I don’t think I saw enough in them to think we were set for receivers this season. And then a guy they were willing to overpay last year is available and they don’t even call him up. There’s gotta be a pretty good reason.

  39. blackngold4life says: Mar 15, 2014 10:49 PM

    Steelers should have just got that 3rd rnd pick for gimme last years from the Patriots. Hope the bronco’s not paying him #2 WR $.. Can’t wait to see the terms of this one

  40. vusnu says: Mar 15, 2014 10:50 PM

    Hasn’t Elway learned anything from the Eagles Dream Team debacle?

  41. superleadhead says: Mar 15, 2014 10:52 PM

    todoubled says: Mar 15, 2014 10:29 PM

    Someone tell me how the Broncos can spend all this $$ in free agency yet still sign players in the draft?

    …………………………………………………………………………

    There is six million in cap money they are not allowed to use until June first.

  42. vincentbojackson says: Mar 15, 2014 10:53 PM

    To doubled says:
    Someone tell me how the Broncos can spend all this $$ in free agency yet still sign players in the draft?

    ——————

    By deferring all the money to future years. Denver is going all in with Peyton Manning in his final year(s). What will the future look like in Denver? Take a look at the Dallas Cowboys. Won’t be pretty.

  43. rrthomasxyz says: Mar 15, 2014 10:54 PM

    Mr. Ed has yet to prove he can mine nuggets from the 5th thru 7th round like Schneider can. The Seahawks will show once again how deep their roster is from the fruits picked from the draft

  44. chawk12thman says: Mar 15, 2014 10:58 PM

    2015 is an “all in” moment for the Broncos……makes one wonder if Peyton advised not to worry about future cap space issues as he won’t be there beyond the next year or two? They are being very aggressive and clearly want to win it all.

  45. marylandchief says: Mar 15, 2014 11:01 PM

    Sounds suspiciously like a leak from the agent to try and pressure the chiefs into consessions. He isnt getting what he thought he would from anyone and this is a negotiating tactic.

  46. nodindenver says: Mar 15, 2014 11:06 PM

    Manning will make you a superstar Emmanuel. After the last two years of heartbreak, the question is, will you both show up in the biggest game of the year?

  47. silverandblack052099 says: Mar 15, 2014 11:09 PM

    Eric Decker > Emmanuel Sanders

  48. ningenito78 says: Mar 15, 2014 11:16 PM

    Amazing. Eric Decker leaves and they just upgraded him.

  49. broncofanusmc says: Mar 15, 2014 11:32 PM

    Not too worried about spending. Manning will probably renegotiate contract and when he leaves that frees up 20 million per year.

  50. johnnyballgame7alwayswins says: Mar 16, 2014 12:26 AM

    Another great addition…Sanders is just as talented as Marvin Harrison, so I’m excited to see the numbers he can put up with Peyton…#7 always wins.

  51. matterson20 says: Mar 16, 2014 1:45 AM

    Chronic foot problems.

  52. beerndrums says: Mar 16, 2014 7:13 AM

    The Pats still have the refs and easy ash schedule to help them

  53. notwithkubiak says: Mar 16, 2014 7:58 AM

    Broncos are loading for what? So Manning can choke again when it really counts, namely the playoffs?

  54. dirtdawg54 says: Mar 16, 2014 7:59 AM

    It’s not the number of games he will miss that matters. It’s the number of passes he misses that hit him square in the hands.

  55. pftaddict says: Mar 16, 2014 10:24 AM

    Sanders instead of Decker is a huge downgrade in talent. The Broncos will soon learn about how Sanders likes to drop balls in big games. It won’t take long for people to realize that once again the Steelers made a great decision for not trying to offer him a contract extension a couple of years ago.

  56. cguy7 says: Mar 16, 2014 11:25 AM

    Elway should thank Terrell Davis for his rings or he may be compared to Dan Marino. Don’t worry Bronco fan, cap hell awaits… (curse of high priced QB) Don’t see Manning or Brady ever winning another bowl. When they retire, defense and running games will come back.

  57. billytodd2013blbaad says: Mar 16, 2014 12:28 PM

    Denver, good pick up until you need him to catch a TD in the end zone then he’s gonna drop it and break your hearts just like he did to Pitt last season several times. And it’s even funnier that he decides to go to Denver where he’s gonna be the #3 receiver when all he’s been saying is how he wants to be the #1.

  58. rahavort says: Mar 16, 2014 1:31 PM

    Broncos will get an easy as cake schedule again, and still not make anything of it

  59. continuity4ever says: Mar 17, 2014 6:51 PM

    John Elway is a financial genius–thanks to his Economics degree from Stanford. Thank you for not going with the Kansas City Royals or the New York Yankees, but instead focusing on football. All the Broncos haters are just jealous that they don’t have GM’s as smart as you who set their team up to make it at least to the Super Bowl. There is never any guarantees of winning a SB. You have to stay healthy, play as a Team, and have a bit of luck on your side…but at least you give the fans a fair shot at winning by assembling talented players. And–after Peyton retires, for years to come. You truly are the Duke, the General and the Comeback Kid…which the Broncos will be next season. Go Broncos!!!!!!!

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