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.