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$20 million fully guaranteed for Emmanuel Sanders

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07:   Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos is tackled by  Robert McClain #27 of the Carolina Panthers in the third quarter during Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Broncos have found the cash and the cap space to lock up another key player for the foreseeable future, and receiver Emmanuel Sanders is guaranteed to make $20 million because of it.

That’s the amount he’s fully guaranteed to earn at signing, per a source with knowledge of the contract. It’s the highest guarantee for a No. 2 receiver in the league. (That said, $5.6 million of that amount — his salary for 2016 — became guaranteed as a practical matter on Wednesday.)

In all, it’s a three-year, $33 million extension, with $26.9 million in total guarantees. The $11 million new-money average puts him in the top 12 of all NFL receivers.

He’ll make $13.25 million in 2016 and $6.75 million in 2017, all of which is fully guaranteed. A $6.9 million injury guarantee for 2018 converts to a full guarantee on the fifth day of the 2018 league year. His total salary for 2018 stands at $8.25 million.

In 2019, Sanders is due to receive a non-guaranteed salary of $10.25 million.

Given the tenuous quarterback situation in Denver, the Broncos now have a lot of money tied up in Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. That’s all the more reason to think that, if Trevor Siemian can’t get it done, the ball eventually will be given to Paxton Lynch, if not sooner.

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6 Responses to “$20 million fully guaranteed for Emmanuel Sanders”
  1. brawnyhombre says: Sep 8, 2016 12:24 AM

    So, if he’s healthy and playing reasonably well, he’ll make $33 million over those three years. Guarantees only matter if the player isn’t worth his salary, so I always question the priorities of those who trumpet the guarantees in contracts.

  2. codysmart says: Sep 8, 2016 1:01 AM

    Denver doesn’t win the Super Bowl last year without Sanders. Huge catches at critical times in each playoff game. Well deserved.

  3. clashpoint says: Sep 8, 2016 3:36 AM

    Man, I really wish the Steelers could have kept him, but I can’t deny his success in Denver either. He works hard and he deserves it. While I hope the Donkeys crash and burn this season, I also hope Sanders excels. Good luck and health to him in 2016!

  4. footballboozer says: Sep 8, 2016 7:31 AM

    That is a lot of $$$ for their receiving core, all they need now is someone to get them the ball.

  5. TedHurtz says: Sep 8, 2016 11:24 AM

    salary cap anyone? nah.. not for the donkeys.

  6. footballboozer says: Sep 8, 2016 12:04 PM

    True Ted, it’s not like the donkeys have ever cheated before.

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