Emmanuel Sanders: “There was no kind of agreement”

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At his introductory press conference after signing with the Broncos, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders denied that he or his agent had previously agreed to a deal with the Chiefs.

“That entire situation is a business ordeal that some people will turn into a personal matter,” Sanders said, in comments distributed by the Broncos. “Situations like that happen all the time over the National Football League. There was no handshake. There was no kind of agreement in terms of–we were close to a deal, but it wasn’t anything official just yet. In terms of shopping around, we didn’t shop around. Teams were still calling. Teams were still trying to get involved. That’s what happened. Steve Weinberg, he did an exceptional job in terms of the whole free-agency process. At times, I was like, ‘Steve, what is going on? Am I flying East Coast or West Coast?’ But I believe in him. Everything that he said was going to happen, happened. I ended up at the place that I needed to be. I’m excited and he’s excited also.”

Sanders said he and his agent were “fist bumping” when the Broncos made their offer, and he said he’s eager to get to work in Denver.

“To play with Peyton Manning is like wide receiver heaven,” Sanders said. “I feel like he’s one of the greatest quarterbacks to play the game. Definitely I look up to him a lot in terms of his preparation, and I know that he’s going to make me a better player whether it’s mentally and physically. I know that I’m in a great environment.”

Sanders added that he’ll gladly return punts and kickoffs as well if the coaches ask that of him, as the Broncos are not expected to re-sign their primary return man from last year, Trindon Holliday. Sanders sounds ready to help the Broncos win in as many ways as he can. Including, perhaps, twice this season against the team that thought it was about to sign him.

76 responses to “Emmanuel Sanders: “There was no kind of agreement”

  1. yeah because KC is just randomly accusing them of breach and foul play for giggles. Because that is so common in the NFL for that to happen.

    Overrated and an idiot.

  2. It’s clear that if anything improper went on that Sanders had no idea. So whether there is any future drama or not it’s a great job by his agent to keep him shielded and isolated from being connected to it in any way. And now he has nothing left to do but focus on football since he’ll be well removed from any distractions. These DEN/KC games are going to be really fun to watch for the portion of the time that it’s a close game.

  3. The Patriots gave him an offer sheet last season that the Stealers matched, but after one more year of video on him didn’t even bother to make him an offer this season. They thanked their lucky stars the Stealers matched their offer. Frying pan hands and hates the contact. You blow him up once in the 1st quarter and he is done for the game. Wants no part of the physical game.

  4. yeah, john Dorsey is known for tossing around these type of accusations? please. John Dorsey probably had that agent blackballed in a matter of hours without even trying to do so. he and men like chris ballard who honor their agreements and are well respected would simply have to tell the story and its over for that man with half the league

  5. Do nfl fans think Peyton will break his own records?
    I say no way. Plus lots of tape of how to beat the Broncos

  6. KC has to look on the bright side…..there’s a good chance they’ll be picking in the top 10 again in next year’s draft.

  7. Of course the agent was fist bumping you, using the KC deal to get more money out of Denver ultimately means more money in his pocket! I would buy the story except for one little thing that’s bugging me, what in the world does KC stand to gain by making this up? It does not benefit KC, rather it makes them look foolish for not getting the agreement in writing and instead relying on the word of the agent. The pats were willing to give up a pick to get this guy last year, and this year they didn’t even pick up the phone, this whole situation clears that up for me. I wouldn’t want this agent anywhere near my organization either.

  8. ^
    Gosh some people don’t seem to like this agent. Well good thing Denver has the inside track at recruiting him to be their personal farm agent. They probably like how he fishes out the talent for them. I wonder who Denver will enlist for their mission next. Elway is such a control freak.

  9. Sanders is right a deal is not a deal until it’s is signed.

    Funny that the Raven trolls are all over this thread with their hate. Guess anything Steeler push their buttons. Oh well tricks are for kids.

  10. Bottom line: Until there is ink on a contract there is no deal.

    Teams will cut these guys in a second for performance injury and can back out of deals for failing a team physical (otherwise known as buyers remorse). I see no problem with players using teams against each other as leverage.

    Sour grapes because he went to a division rival. The KC GM should use that contract to dry his tears and then get back to work.

  11. Those agents were fist bumping about all the deferred salary cap money the Broncos will be paying.

  12. Being reported that multiple teamS are unhappy with how things went down.

    Where theres smoke theres fire?

    What would one expect Saunders to say? Yes, I’m guilty?! Lol.

  13. Its no suprise to me that Elway has no morals… He was tought by the best, mike Shannarat. Good luck Peyton you have a target on your back now as well as Sanders.

  14. “Sanders said he and his agent were “fist bumping” when the Broncos made their offer,…”

    Because even they both knew their offer was DRASTICALLY more than he’s worth

  15. from a steeler fan to a bronco fan! Enjoy your soft receiver for 5 mill a year!!! hahahahaha! but in all fairness the sanders deal isn’t half as bad as the dolphins getting fleeced by paying Wallace! as a steeler fan im glad to see both of them gone! i’ll bet sanders dropped the pen while signing…#stonehands

  16. from a steeler fan to a bronco fan! Enjoy your soft receiver for 5 mill a year!!! hahahahaha! but in all fairness the sanders deal isn’t half as bad as the dolphins getting fleeced by paying Wallace! as a steeler fan im glad to see both of them gone! i’ll bet sanders dropped the pen while signing…#stonehands.

  17. from a steeler fan to a bronco fan! Enjoy your soft receiver for 5 mill a year!!! hahahahaha! but in all fairness the sanders deal isn’t half as bad as the dolphins getting fleeced by paying Wallace! as a steeler fan im glad to see both of them gone! i’ll bet sanders dropped the pen while signing…#stonehands..

  18. Hopefully some defensive player will force manning to retire in a senior citizen home soon.

  19. I didn’t hear Will Herring or his agent whine so loud when Dallas changed its mind on the deal even after he had passed the physical.

    No one knows unless you were there.. As if misunderstandings don’t happen all the time.. We just hear about a fraction of what probably goes on..

  20. I don’t blame Sanders for wanting to play in the Super Bowl.

    Now…if he wanted to win one, he should have signed with an NFC team

  21. To those saying he has stone hands, he had 3 drops in 112 targets (67 completions). What TERRIBLE hands. Does anyone do even a second of research before they post here?

  22. Sanders showed potential his rookie year but never did develop much further. Much of it wasn’t Sanders fault as much as chronic health issues with his feet. Antonio Brown grossly outperformed Sanders despite being drafted in the 6th rd vs Sander’s in the 3rd. That’s why Sanders didn’t even receive an offer from Pittsburgh this year after they matched New England’s offer last year. The thought was he would excel in a contract year and he didn’t. In fact, he dropped two sure TDs and a 2 point conversion that was the difference between 8-8 and 11-5 for the Steelers.

  23. I think this dude set the tone of the season and dropped every single big-ball thrown to him! He has been pretty mediocre in big situations. Also, he throws temper tantrums on the field and it’s embarrassing.

    I actually think an Andy Reid system would have benefited Sanders attributes better. Reid is more of a systematic coach and implemented a system to help each other out. Denver is just go-go-go and I don’t think Sanders is going to add much to that.

    Good riddance!

  24. My question is, with this signing…where is Denver on cap space??? How are they able to afford all these people?????

  25. believeland2014 says:Mar 16, 2014 6:19 PM

    Whitner, Dansby & Tate > Anybody the broncos signed lol

    Cleveland Browns Your Future Super Bowl Champs!
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    Hahahahahahahahahahaha. The browns are.the joke of the league

  26. bigbenownsthenfl says:Mar 16, 2014 7:33 PM

    from a steeler fan to a bronco fan! Enjoy your soft receiver for 5 mill a year!!! hahahahaha! but in all fairness the sanders deal isn’t half as bad as the dolphins getting fleeced by paying Wallace! as a steeler fan im glad to see both of them gone! i’ll bet sanders dropped the pen while signing…#stonehands..
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    Steeler fans are just like Browns fans. They’re players are great until they leave. Then they were never that good

  27. Bunch of butt hurt steelers fans responding to a broncos signing. Your day was a while ago and it does not appear to be coming around anytime soon. I am beginning to wonder if chiefs and steeler fans happen to be distant cousins.

  28. broncosfan29 says:Mar 16, 2014 8:53 PM

    bigbenownsthenfl says:Mar 16, 2014 7:33 PM

    from a steeler fan to a bronco fan! Enjoy your soft receiver for 5 mill a year!!! hahahahaha! but in all fairness the sanders deal isn’t half as bad as the dolphins getting fleeced by paying Wallace! as a steeler fan im glad to see both of them gone! i’ll bet sanders dropped the pen while signing…#stonehands..
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    Steeler fans are just like Browns fans. They’re players are great until they leave. Then they were never that good

    No kidding. At least we can admit that Decker was a good player. He just wasn’ta big enough piece to the championship puzzle for what the Jets were willing to pay him. Sanders will fill the Decker void nicely while adding value on punt/kickoff returns. Bubba Caldwell could also step in as a #2 but is better off being there for depth as a #4.

  29. Playing with manning over Alex Smith is a no brainer, but it appears that Sanders may have screwed himself in the future. Teams have long memories and will give him the ochocinco/ TO treatment.

  30. Let’s see, your agent was previously kicked out of representing players for 8 years by the NFLPA. The Chiefs, Bucs and 49ers all feel like they were lied to and even other agents on twitter are talking about how you and your agent broke the basic tenets of good faith contract negotiating. If I were you I’d hope there’s no Karma

  31. Denver has only signed 4 free agents thusfar.
    Why all the hate? On the other hand, Tampa Bay might set a record for the number of free agents signed. Good for both teams.

  32. “Steeler fans are just like Browns fans. They’re players are great until they leave. Then they were never that good”

    Says the clueless dupe…Heinz Field were already booing Sanders Week 1 after Roethlisberger hit him whole he was wide open down the sideline on the second play of the game and Sanders dropped what would have been a 70 yrd TD. Didn’t get better when he dropped critical passes vs Vikings, Raiders and Ravens.

    Sanders isn’t terrible but he’s nowhere near great or the $5mil Denver threw down for him.

  33. Hey Em Sanders, ..If anyone asks you, deny any knowledge of any other deals……Sincerely, your agent

  34. NFL Players dot com reports that as of 8 PM today, Denver has just shy of 12 mil in cap space and NE has 17 mil. NE clearly did not want to touch this guy. he would have cost a 3rd round pick last year and they could have had him without giving up a pick, and they never picked up the phone. Very strange. I’d say they had visions of Reche Caldwell dancing in their heads. Not that Reche played poorly in NE. He actually had a good year. He just had some high profile drops that are etched in BB’s memory and last years tape on Sanders is too close for comfort. PASS.

    The Steelers, Saints, Chargers, Lions, and 49er’s are all very low on cap space so those rosters won;t be changing much.

  35. The Steelers, Saints, Chargers, Lions, and 49er’s are all very low on cap space so those rosters won;t be changing much.

    ————

    Huh? The Steelers ultimately changed the entire landscape of their defense with just a few key signings with more to come. This is the first time in many years the Steelers are dipping their toe in Free Agency and they will be hosting some more FA’s later this week.

  36. Sanders had some nice catches and memories in Pittsburgh, but he crumbled under the pressure. 2.5 mil last year was a deal, but he isn’t worth much more then that. He may prove us wrong this year but generally a tiger doesn’t change his stripes.

  37. Honestly bronco fans, sanders is a good receiver. He also drops passes at critical times and fumbles during crucial times. Don’t get your hopes up to high.

  38. I haven’t seen a single comment regarding the key to all of this. P Manning makes the players around him better. Saunders is aware of this and everyone else will be too this time next year.

    “I feel like he’s one of the greatest quarterbacks to play the game. Definitely I look up to him a lot in terms of his preparation, and I know that he’s going to make me a better player whether it’s mentally and physically. I know that I’m in a great environment.”

    QB Work ethic P.Manning >Big Ben Will make a difference with this young receiver too.

  39. You have a real gem on your hands Denver. As a member of the young money crew, this dufus and Mike Wallace had terrible attitudes and came up small in big game…but that should be perfect for Mr. Manning. What’s that playoff record again? I mean after the 43-8 embarrassment.

  40. Gee, Mr. Quarterback Heaven, who has more rings? Peyton, or the guy you’re leaving behind in Pittsburgh?

    Throwing to Sanders, Manning will find, isn’t wide-receiver heaven. Sanders had the chance to make the play of the year agains the Ravens, and choked. He does pull in some catches, but fades in the big moments. He’ll make some tough catches, but will drop the gimmees. He blew at least two wide open bombs that should’ve gone for TDs last season.

  41. @bigbenownsthenfl:

    I am a Ravens fan and usually don’t pay attention to Steeler fans, but this is epic:

    “i’ll bet sanders dropped the pen while signing…#stonehands.”

  42. From a Steelers Fan, I believe Sanders is legit. Being able to play both slot and outside wide receiver he can be a difference maker for the Broncos offense. Does he drop balls, sure….but we can all sit here and whine about every wide receiver in the league that has dropped a ball we thought they should catch. Best of luck to Sanders is Denver. Upgrade from Decker in my opinion because he is more versatile and can be used both inside and out. The bigger question is will he stay healthy? As far as the Broncos being “all in” this year and not having any cap room in the future with all their free agent signings this year? Maybe I’m wrong, but I can’t name the last player they “restructured” a contract to make cap room. And most of the signings they have no ties to in 2 years. With that said….I will swing my towel and hope the Steelers can compete this year and the years to come!

  43. Enjoy it Broncos fans. As soon as “Old Man River” is gone, you guys will be average again. Elway is classless, but who didn;t already know that. Sanders can enjoy being the 4th or 5th option in that offense. He obviously didn’t have the balls to try and be the man in an offense. Ride the coattails Emmy. Wes Welker did it last year, and he didn;t light the world on fire.

    Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!

  44. Stiller43 “Sanders said he and his agent were “fist bumping” when the Broncos made their offer,…”

    Because even they both knew their offer was DRASTICALLY more than he’s worth
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    If that was the case then y0u need to explain to me why the Broncos contacted him and they were seeking 8-9M/yr then the Broncos moved on until they heard that after the Decker deal he was willing to sign for 5M/yr?! If you are going to make an argument try strengthening it with some actual facts instead of speculation

  45. Funny thing is all these people who say that Sanders isn’t that good are probably the same people who say that Decker is not really that good he is just a product of Manning. Well if Decker is just a product of Manning then I guess Sanders is going to go from not that good to great when Manning throws the ball to him!

  46. Wonder if Peyton will allow you to slack like you did in Pittsburgh, Manny, and I wonder if fumbling the football without even being touched will be tolerated.

  47. broncosfan29, it’s not that Sanders is terrible, just not worth the contract he signed. It was crucial that we kept him last year to have a shot at the playoffs, the offense couldn’t handle Wallace leaving, Sanders leaving, and who knew if Miller could make his comeback. Still would’ve been nice to keep him but not at 5 mil a year.

  48. I loved having Sanders in the Black and Gold, but he is not worth that kind of money. This is Randle El part II; a good role player that fit the system he was in and gets overpaid to go to another team to only end up cut a few years later.

    There’s a reason the Steelers let him walk, despite now having the cap space to sign him.

  49. For those with comprehension issues, from the Chiefs perspective it’s not about missing out on Sanders. Who cares. There are several more of his ilk out there. Missing out on a player happens to teams around the league all the time.

    The issue is the way it was done. It’s the agent plain and simple. The guy is unethical and has a track record to prove it. He’s done his last deal in the NFL.

    Count on it.

  50. we’ll Denver knew he had a agreement with KC , now NFL should step in and take away a Draft choice.

  51. The Chiefs had this happen before in 2003 with Hugh Douglas from Philly. If I remember correctly, he all but had the deal signed in KC, then flew to Jacksonville that same day and got more money. In the end though, the Jacksonville Jaguars paid because he turned out to be a bust!

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