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Report: “Virtually no chance” Mohamed Sanu will re-sign with the Bengals

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The Bengals have plenty of key players due to become free agents. One of them almost definitely will be getting his freedom.

Via Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com, there is “virtually no chance” receiver Mohamed Sanu will re-sign in Cincinnati. Marvez reports that the Browns, Falcons, and Giants “are among the teams expected to express interest” in Sanu, which is a roundabout way of saying that those three teams already have reached out to Sanu’s agent three-plus weeks before the two-day legal tampering window opens. Which is the kind of thing that’s rampantly occurring this time of year.

Sanu had only 33 reception for 394 yards and no touchdowns in 2015, down sharply from 56 catches for 790 yards and five touchdowns in 2014. (Sanu also had 71 yards rushing and two touchdowns in 2015.) He’s looking for a larger role, something that will be difficult to get with receiver A.J. Green and tight end Tyler Eifert on the roster.

“I think about that all the time,” Sanu told Marvez on SiriusXM NFL Radio regarding Sanu’s opportunities. “When you’ve got so much talent on one team, it’s hard to get the ball. It definitely crossed my mind going elsewhere. We’ve just got to see how everything unfolds.”

Receiver Marvin Jones also is due to hit free agency, and he has said he won’t give the Bengals a hometown discount. So Jones could be gone, too. And former Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson could be luring one or both of them to Cleveland.

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61 Responses to “Report: “Virtually no chance” Mohamed Sanu will re-sign with the Bengals”
  1. therealtrenches says: Feb 19, 2016 7:07 AM

    Come to Philly, Mo!

  2. ravenousravenousrhinos says: Feb 19, 2016 7:26 AM

    A number 3 or 4 reciever not signing somewhere is news?

  3. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 19, 2016 7:38 AM

    FACT: Slow and can’t separate.

    Positives: Good when field is short – doesn’t need separation

    Negative: DISAPPEARS, INVISIBLE, SLOW, NO SEPARATION

    Totaled 2 receptions per game in 2015

    Totaled 3.5 receptions per game in 2014 (A.J. injured/Eifert OUT/Jones OUT/Gresham=Gresham)

    Totaled 3 receptions per game in 2013

    Totaled 1 receptions per game in 2012 (with only A.J. Green)

    Just like Andre Caldwell (who disappeared once he left Cincinnati to Denver w/ Peyton Manning)… Sanu will disappear once he leaves.

    Whoever gets him will get a classy individual who works hard… but… IS NOT a REAL #3 NFL wide receiver… he is a #4 or “quality” #5 wide receiver.

    PLEASE UPGRADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. cincinnati222 says: Feb 19, 2016 7:39 AM

    Bye.
    Go be slow somewhere else.

  5. bullcharger says: Feb 19, 2016 7:47 AM

    I think Cleveland will need to lure a QB first or it won’t happen.

  6. doctormantistoboggan says: Feb 19, 2016 7:53 AM

    It’s Ocho time!

  7. keem513 says: Feb 19, 2016 8:13 AM

    Grass Is not always greener on the other side

  8. dirtydawg44 says: Feb 19, 2016 8:15 AM

    Reel em’ in Hue. Get it done!

  9. Peyton Needed the Slap Arm says: Feb 19, 2016 8:21 AM

    Without Hue Jackson and Sanu, let’s see how often Bengals fans get to compare Dalton to top tier quarterbacks this year, or how often we are going to here Eiffert compared to Gronk.

    The #s will significantly decrease for all of them, unless Dalton truly is a miracle worker. But I’d guess most of them were executing under Hue’s gameplan. They’re hopeless without him.

    The Bengals best chance went walking past them last year in thanks to Burfict, Pacman Jones, and the over rated .500 Lewis, the second longest tenure coach in the NFL, and who knows why…

    Won’t even get the opportunity to be a first round bounce this year.

  10. jonwill57 says: Feb 19, 2016 8:25 AM

    Sanu bobbled and dropped his best opportunity to shine when Jones was out for the season and AJ Green was portraying Houdini in 2014. True that he put up career numbers, but those numbers should have been higher across the board. In 2015, he wasn’t able to make the most of when the ball did come his way. All that being said, he’s good enough to be a starting #2, definitely not a#1 for big money.

  11. bengalhoel says: Feb 19, 2016 8:25 AM

    He is not signing with the Bengals because he is playing in the upcoming “Invisible man” reboot. Universal had originally wanted to go with Johnny Depp but decided on Sanu after watching a few Bengals games and noticing him disappear right in front of 60,000 people. “It was amazing!” producers said of the receiver. “One minute he was there and then bam, he is nowhere to be found ” , “sometimes for five or six games in a row”!

  12. cnote94 says: Feb 19, 2016 8:30 AM

    Sanu is a very good player, but you can’t keep them all. One of the best things the Bengals have done in the past 5 years is cap management and never getting stuck with bad contracts.

  13. getakluwe says: Feb 19, 2016 8:30 AM

    Definitely won’t make the playoffs without him.

  14. jacktatum32 says: Feb 19, 2016 8:32 AM

    Hue can lure all the receivers he wants…………..just one giant problem

    (pause)

    Who is going to throw it to them?

    The Browns are not at “plug and play” level right now—–They are in rebuild mode. Invest in the trenches

  15. theprocessoflosingmymind says: Feb 19, 2016 8:35 AM

    Is this news? Is Sanu going to go somewhere else and not catch passes? His next stop might be in the CFL. If he’s lucky.

  16. t8ertot says: Feb 19, 2016 8:38 AM

    He’s good for the occasional trick play but he’s right. Too much talent on one team.
    Bengals will be drafting a WR in the first round

  17. jerruhjones says: Feb 19, 2016 8:39 AM

    Welcome to Cleveland!

  18. wrlegrand says: Feb 19, 2016 8:47 AM

    Umm..because Atlanta doesn’t have the same talent?

    Wow…

  19. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Feb 19, 2016 8:54 AM

    Understandable, Mohamed. Thanks for your time in Cincy bud, we appreciate it. Classy guy, good teammate, throws a great deep ball.

  20. 69goatboy says: Feb 19, 2016 8:54 AM

    He’s great in the gadget plays.
    But as big and strong as he is, he’s almost never open as a receiver. I’d like to see him stay, but I hope they don’t overpay him to do so.

  21. huh6016 says: Feb 19, 2016 8:59 AM

    Wow!! If the Browns get BOTH Sanu & Jones they could win 2 games next year!!

  22. realdealsteel says: Feb 19, 2016 8:59 AM

    If Sanu is smart, he goes and signs with the Giants. He and Beckham would be an awesome tandem.

  23. JCM1217 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:05 AM

    Braxton Miller would be a perfect replacement for Sanu. Similar size and athleticism… plus he can throw the ball, which Sanu did often during his time in Cincy.

  24. toybkshr says: Feb 19, 2016 9:09 AM

    They otta add the Patriots to the list of teams interested in one or both. That’s a WR core in def need of an upgrade!

  25. nyjfan111 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:10 AM

    @realdealsteel

    Anyone is an upgrade from Rueben Randle!

  26. 2since96 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:14 AM

    Isnt Sanu the same thing as Ruben Randle? Big guy w/bad hands, playing behind a true number one…

  27. azcactus says: Feb 19, 2016 9:14 AM

    ” And former Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson could be luring one or both of them to Cleveland.”

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  28. jm91rs says: Feb 19, 2016 9:18 AM

    Sanu is not even a number 2 guy. In 2014 with Marvin Jones out and AJ Green ailing, he wasn’t getting it done. He’s great as a number 3, great in the wild cat, but he needs to be careful what he wishes for. The Bengals need Marvin Jones a lot more than they need Sanu.
    My guess is he goes to the Browns and Hue uses him with more trick plays than he did in Cincy.

  29. peytonwantsaflag says: Feb 19, 2016 9:18 AM

    Umm..because Atlanta doesn’t have the same talent?

    Wow…
    ————————————-

    as the Bengals? umm… no.

  30. tylawspick6 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:22 AM

    Bengals in trouble. With their recent great drafts along with NE, it appears Mike Brown forgot to budget correctly.

    Whoops!

  31. steelcurtainn says: Feb 19, 2016 9:22 AM

    Andy Daltons face should be matching his hair right about now.

  32. edukator4 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:29 AM

    so he wont get enough balls in cincy because of green, but the giants are a good spot? beckham and cruz are already 1-2 there

  33. 87hollywoodhorn says: Feb 19, 2016 9:33 AM

    this dude is such a beast. he just runs the most absolute garbage routes ever.
    ive honestly never seen somebody held back so hard strictly by route running. hes big fast and absolutely attack the ball like Marques Colston or Anquan Bolden. But all of his intermediate and deep routes are just big sloping messes.

  34. tylawspick6 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:39 AM

    I have no idea why people would give a thumbs down to someone with an accurate, educated statement.

    How odd.

    Way too Millennials here.

  35. rutchaser says: Feb 19, 2016 9:47 AM

    JCM1217 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 9:05 AM
    Braxton Miller would be a perfect replacement for Sanu. Similar size and athleticism… plus he can throw the ball, which Sanu did often during his time in Cincy.
    ——————————————————————

    The jury is still out on Braxton being an NFL receiver. He has the talent but so has many others. We’ll see.

  36. peytonwantsaflag says: Feb 19, 2016 9:50 AM

    Bengals in trouble. With their recent great drafts along with NE, it appears Mike Brown forgot to budget correctly.

    Whoops!
    —————————–

    WTH are you talking about? – this isn’t about “budgeting” – this is about losing a borderline number three receiver in free agency because there’s not enough talent out there and teams will overpay.

    Mike Brown is bad at a lot of things but budgeting isn’t one of them.

  37. ctgiant says: Feb 19, 2016 9:54 AM

    I expect MacAdoo if he’s interested would be able to give him the right situation with the right coach, we have a new one, and yes he’s very good.
    Giants just signed a 6’5 215lbs WR from Germany and it appears there going to find whoever makes OBJ better.
    Randle had his chances but is just stupid, made Eli look bad for 5 years!
    CT GIANT

  38. cba77 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:56 AM

    He went to Rutgers…..of course the Pats are interested

  39. tylawspick6 says: Feb 19, 2016 9:58 AM

    @peytonwantsflags:

    Love your board name. Peyton Manning has been entitled and tried to tailor the league for his selfish ego for over 15 years. Changed rules, had daddy cover up scandals for him, etc, etc. Anyway, nice board name.

    As for Mike Brown not budgeting, it’s clear the Dalton contract is a problem.

    Any team that fell prey to the Flacco 20 mil per contracts are essentially in some version of a cap hell. There’s literally a dozen teams deep in that same kind of a problem.

    So, yes, Mike Brown made a mistake in terms of not paying Dalton ahead of schedule. If he was the guy, and always the guy, they should have paid him before the end of 2012, instead of waiting on what the FA QB market with Flacco would be.

    In other words, once Baltimore made the playoffs with Flacco as a FA, they should have been running to get him an extension they could control.

    Do you seriously think he’s worth 10 million this year an then 13 next year?

    It may not be Tannehill in Miami bad, but it’s the next step down.

    16 mil in 2019, 17 mil in 2020? Clearly, Dalton has peaked, so why would he earn more as he gets older and possibly worse?

  40. yellowxdiscipline says: Feb 19, 2016 10:00 AM

    Overpaying a WR who drops a lot of balls. Sounds like a typical Cleveland Browns signing to me. Sanu is a decent blocker and good for the occasional Wildcat/end around run play. He failed miserably as the number 2 in Cincy. I wont be sad to see him walk.

  41. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Feb 19, 2016 10:03 AM

    JCM1217 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 9:05 AM

    Braxton Miller would be a perfect replacement for Sanu. Similar size and athleticism… plus he can throw the ball, which Sanu did often during his time in Cincy.

    —–

    Often is a stretch. He’s throw 5 passes in his four year career, I think. I don’t think he threw any last season… maybe one.

  42. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Feb 19, 2016 10:08 AM

    Another offseason another year of the Browns being mentioned as an interested party for every free agent on the market.

  43. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Feb 19, 2016 10:10 AM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 9:22 AM
    Bengals in trouble. With their recent great drafts along with NE, it appears Mike Brown forgot to budget correctly.

    Whoops!
    ======

    Man, for someone who obviously has a very high opinion of themselves, your reading comprehension is terrible. Nothing in the article says that the Bengals can’t afford Sanu. The entire point was that he was leaving because he wanted to play somewhere where he wouldn’t be at best the third option.

  44. pixelito says: Feb 19, 2016 10:12 AM

    If the Giants want him, he’s going to NY.

    Sorry other tiny markets, you know how this works
    😉

  45. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Feb 19, 2016 10:22 AM

    Peyton Needed the Slap Arm says:
    Feb 19, 2016 8:21 AM

    Without Hue Jackson and Sanu, let’s see how often Bengals fans get to compare Dalton to top tier quarterbacks this year, or how often we are going to here Eiffert compared to Gronk. The #s will significantly decrease for all of them, unless Dalton truly is a miracle worker. But I’d guess most of them were executing under Hue’s gameplan. They’re hopeless without him.

    ——

    Wow. First time I’ve ever seen someone claiming that Sanu is the tie that binds on the Bengals offense. I think you should have another cup of coffee. You couldn’t be more wrong. Neither AJ nor Tyler can be covered one on one.

  46. tylawspick6 says: Feb 19, 2016 10:25 AM

    Why do people bash WRs in Cincy when Dalton is the QB?

    Dalton is a solid QB, but nothing more. The guy is terrible in postseasons for a reason.

    Very good D, good Line, good run game, but he’s only an above average QB in an easy, offensive era.

    I could see if he didn’t have much help, but come on.

    What is the point of drafting and developing players like they’ve done, only to lose them in their primes?

    It’s damning on Mike Brown that BOTH Sanu and Jones are FAs at the same time.

  47. 1969mojo says: Feb 19, 2016 10:27 AM

    Went to Rutgers, Cruz probably cut if he doesn’t reshape his contract. I would bet Giants.

  48. chrispin53 says: Feb 19, 2016 10:27 AM

    Lots of doom and gloom Bengals fans lol, relax people they’ll be ok. Still have Gio, Hill, Eifert, And Green. The embarrassment of riches will just be slightly less if we lose Jones and Sanu. Curious to see who occupies the spot opposite of green tho.

    Sanu is a good receiver, but not irreplaceable. (Other than his throwing skills as a wr) I’m glad he’s going to get an opportunity to get both featured and paid more. Did a good job filling in a few years ago when AJ and Marvin were both out.

    I personally hope he goes to the Giants if he doesn’t stay with the bengals. Grew up in Jersey, played for Rutgers, be nice to see him call the meadowlands home.

    Best of luck Mo Sanu, thanks for a great 4 years!

  49. tylawspick6 says: Feb 19, 2016 10:32 AM

    AJ Green is soft like Demarius Thomas.

    Keep thinking you have enough to take down the Pats.

    You don’t.

  50. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Feb 19, 2016 11:21 AM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 10:32 AM

    AJ Green is soft like Demarius Thomas.

    Keep thinking you have enough to take down the Pats.

    You don’t.

    —- Funny on multiple levels. I realize this is mindless trolling, but apparently you didn’t watch AJ shed defenders all year. And, soft as he may be, didn’t Demarius’ team beat the Pats? Mmmmkay, good talk.

  51. 6superbowls says: Feb 19, 2016 11:32 AM

    Why would anyone want to stay with a team that hasn’t won a meaningful game in over 20 years?

  52. ajigel says: Feb 19, 2016 11:41 AM

    Nothing against Sanu, seems like a good team guy, but I if I had to pick between Jones and Sanu, I’d rather have Jones back.

  53. ajsjr40 says: Feb 19, 2016 11:41 AM

    Is it true that the Browns are considering Sanu as a QB?

  54. nflgtcfl says: Feb 19, 2016 11:55 AM

    He wants to leave because the better players are keeping his stats down.

    He probably never stopped to think that his stats may be what they are BECAUSE of the people around him, not in SPITE of them.

  55. bengalsfan2079 says: Feb 19, 2016 11:56 AM

    It was fun to see him at qb sometimes in the wildcat but it’s not surprising they’re letting him go he’s a good role player but no star. I’d rather keep Marvin Jones out of the two because I think he’s the better receiver. While Sanu is a good player he’s fairly average and replaceable going off his stats from above. I can see the Bengals going receiver very early in the draft. That being said best wishes to Sanu and hope he gets a good payday from someone.

  56. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 19, 2016 12:06 PM

    “I have no idea why people would give a thumbs down to someone with an accurate, educated statement.

    How odd.”

    This is pft. Whining and trolling rule, actual football talk has largely been eliminated

  57. bbillsfan01 says: Feb 19, 2016 12:25 PM

    The Bills LOVE players from Rutgers. Come east

  58. oldschoolomen says: Feb 19, 2016 2:02 PM

    Such a weird comment section on this post.

    The Bengals aren’t going to lament the loss of Sanu. He’s an adequate 3rd/4th option and a physical receiver. Drops the ball too much, but he is a solid role player. NFL teams find receivers at every level of the draft, and with Green and Eifert coming back, the Bengals will be ok.

    Dalton’s contract isn’t killing anyone, except for maybe his agent after Dalton’s 2015. Is a starting quarterback for a playoff team worth 10-13 million dollars? You can’t be serious. Wait until you see what Washington and Philadelphia pay for Cousins and Bradford. Dalton’s deal is extremely team friendly.

    Sanu sold personal stock with Fantex. Being the 3rd/4th option isn’t going to do anything for that stock value. Can’t begrudge Sanu making money while the iron is hot, but his replacement will be found.

    The grass isn’t always greener, and I think Mo may find out that Green and Eifert weren’t holding him back, but were opening up opportunities for him.

  59. 3wordanswers says: Feb 19, 2016 2:48 PM

    tylawspick6 says: Bengals in trouble. With their recent great drafts along with NE, it appears Mike Brown forgot to budget correctly. Whoops!
    ==============================
    Jeez….. some of you guys are really showing your ignorance.

    Mike Brown has virtually no input these days; its left down to Katie Blackburn and the ‘defacto’ GM Duke Tobin; and they’ve done an outstanding recruiting and cap management job in recent years IMO.

    That’s the problem with having a good team; everyone wants your players; the NFL wants parity; its how the NFL works…….

  60. rukiddnme29 says: Feb 19, 2016 3:56 PM

    He had 0 tds last season. Why do so many ppl want him?

  61. sana0316 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:18 PM

    Sanu had THEE most drops out of all WR, and players in 2014 btw… BYE!

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