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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.

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  1. si1m says: Mar 16, 2014 6:16 PM

    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. seahawkhuskyfan says: Mar 16, 2014 6:18 PM

    One of the greatest regular season quarterbacks ever

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

    Whitner, Dansby & Tate > Anybody the broncos signed lol

    Cleveland Browns Your Future Super Bowl Champs!

  4. broncoscountry33 says: Mar 16, 2014 6:20 PM

    welcome to the Broncos Colonel Sanders

  5. edggy1 says: Mar 16, 2014 6:24 PM

    Karma Sanders … To the scumbag agent , good luck in the NFL from here on out .. !!

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 16, 2014 6:25 PM

    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.

  7. denverwally says: Mar 16, 2014 6:25 PM

    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.

  8. afcdomination says: Mar 16, 2014 6:26 PM

    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

  9. seatownballers says: Mar 16, 2014 6:26 PM

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

  10. arwiv says: Mar 16, 2014 6:28 PM

    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.

  11. jingham2 says: Mar 16, 2014 6:28 PM

    Can you blame him for wanting to go to the Broncos more?

    I’m sure Chiefs were Plan B, then Plan A called.

  12. keltictim says: Mar 16, 2014 6:35 PM

    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.

  13. kd75 says: Mar 16, 2014 6:49 PM

    It isn’t a done deal until you sign on the line that is dotted…

  14. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 16, 2014 6:50 PM

    ^
    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.

  15. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 16, 2014 6:54 PM

    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.

  16. pappageorgio says: Mar 16, 2014 7:02 PM

    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.

  17. wtfchiefs says: Mar 16, 2014 7:06 PM

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

  18. mchappypants says: Mar 16, 2014 7:08 PM

    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.

  19. azjam says: Mar 16, 2014 7:08 PM

    Weinberg is a scumbag and should be banned again.

  20. imadipsnit says: Mar 16, 2014 7:09 PM

    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.

  21. Stiller43 says: Mar 16, 2014 7:10 PM

    “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

  22. babygaga19 says: Mar 16, 2014 7:19 PM

    Ummmm, lemme think. KC or Denver? Ummm, is there really a question here?

  23. jjackwagon says: Mar 16, 2014 7:19 PM

    No surprise that Enver is involved in something underhanded again.

  24. realnflmaster says: Mar 16, 2014 7:28 PM

    COME TO THE JETS!

  25. bnwpnw says: Mar 16, 2014 7:31 PM

    “Amateur hour.”

    -Tom “Poison Pill” Condon

  26. blueballzny says: Mar 16, 2014 7:31 PM

    You K.C. fans need to quit crying about this. He’s a Bronco. Its not like you were gonna beat the Broncos this year anyway.

  27. bigbenownsthenfl says: Mar 16, 2014 7:32 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

  28. 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.

  29. 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..

  30. beattention says: Mar 16, 2014 7:33 PM

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

  31. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Mar 16, 2014 7:35 PM

    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..

  32. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: Mar 16, 2014 7:43 PM

    Cheer up KC! This draft has seven rounds of good WR’s. Denver did you a favor.

  33. ravensbob says: Mar 16, 2014 7:52 PM

    Pittsburgh is really gonna suck this year.

  34. rickrock6661982 says: Mar 16, 2014 8:02 PM

    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

  35. zwilson56 says: Mar 16, 2014 8:13 PM

    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?

  36. blindmansaidwhat says: Mar 16, 2014 8:21 PM

    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.

  37. stainlessstill says: Mar 16, 2014 8:27 PM

    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!

  38. gtskyrider says: Mar 16, 2014 8:28 PM

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

  39. despenc925 says: Mar 16, 2014 8:35 PM

    I’m a 49ers fan, but if playing with Peyton is heaven, than playing the Seahawks to Peyton must be hell!

  40. broncoscountry33 says: Mar 16, 2014 8:39 PM

    Denver has about 5 mil in cap left after this. The question to ask is how is NE signing anyone. They are over the cap so wilfork has to bounce or restructure

  41. pearljamjars says: Mar 16, 2014 8:45 PM

    I prefer Colonel Angus to Colonel Sanders.

  42. grantsbuds says: Mar 16, 2014 8:48 PM

    “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”

  43. broncosfan29 says: Mar 16, 2014 8:50 PM

    believeland2014 says:Mar 16, 2014 6:19 PM

    Whitner, Dansby & Tate > Anybody the broncos signed lol

    Cleveland Browns Your Future Super Bowl Champs!
    ————————————————————————-

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha. The browns are.the joke of the league

  44. 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..
    —————————————————————-
    Steeler fans are just like Browns fans. They’re players are great until they leave. Then they were never that good

  45. nodindenver says: Mar 16, 2014 9:00 PM

    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.

  46. themilehighchamp says: Mar 16, 2014 9:13 PM

    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..
    —————————————————————-
    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.

  47. RexCanCoach says: Mar 16, 2014 9:15 PM

    Broncos > Patriots

  48. granadafan says: Mar 16, 2014 9:20 PM

    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.

  49. jredshoes says: Mar 16, 2014 9:30 PM

    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

  50. anthonyinatl says: Mar 16, 2014 9:38 PM

    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.

  51. blindmansaidwhat says: Mar 16, 2014 9:40 PM

    “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.

  52. oldbyrd says: Mar 16, 2014 9:42 PM

    One of the greatest Quater Backs as long as there is no pass rush…Yep

  53. mudmandenny says: Mar 16, 2014 9:44 PM

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

  54. agc99 says: Mar 16, 2014 9:54 PM

    Manny drops a lot of balls and is hurt all the time. Let the buyer beware. He SUCKS!!!!

  55. djstat says: Mar 16, 2014 9:58 PM

    Once a classless steeler always a classless steeler.

  56. lanman11 says: Mar 16, 2014 10:08 PM

    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.

  57. stainlessstill says: Mar 16, 2014 10:41 PM

    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.

  58. jmblosser82 says: Mar 16, 2014 11:20 PM

    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.

  59. steelcurtainn says: Mar 16, 2014 11:41 PM

    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.

  60. barneyrumble says: Mar 17, 2014 12:22 AM

    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.

  61. bobhpine says: Mar 17, 2014 1:00 AM

    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.

  62. ampatsisahypocrite says: Mar 17, 2014 1:12 AM

    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.

  63. lscratchingthesurface says: Mar 17, 2014 3:17 AM

    The Niners along with Chiefs should file a grievance to NFL. The agent should be barred like Pete Rose forever!!

  64. reedhof20 says: Mar 17, 2014 3:24 AM

    @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.”

  65. preventoffenseirkesme says: Mar 17, 2014 4:18 AM

    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!

  66. toiletclown says: Mar 17, 2014 6:40 AM

    what a scab this bum was. be prepared for 1 catch and a first down hand motion from him each game.

  67. kcflake says: Mar 17, 2014 6:49 AM

    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!!!!!!!!

  68. dbfan4ever says: Mar 17, 2014 7:09 AM

    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
    ————————————————————
    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

  69. dbfan4ever says: Mar 17, 2014 7:15 AM

    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!

  70. eddiek77 says: Mar 17, 2014 8:26 AM

    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.

  71. jmblosser82 says: Mar 17, 2014 8:35 AM

    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.

  72. cup1981 says: Mar 17, 2014 8:36 AM

    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.

  73. mrgdawg says: Mar 17, 2014 10:13 AM

    His agent is going for the D-Bag of the Year award!

  74. blogatron2000 says: Mar 17, 2014 1:36 PM

    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.

  75. bobsnygiants says: Mar 17, 2014 2:55 PM

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

  76. slomyke says: Mar 17, 2014 4:24 PM

    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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