At some point, the Broncos will be done making big splashes in free agency.
But not just yet, it appears.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Broncos are likely to reach a deal with Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who hauled in 67 passes for 740 yards and six touchdowns in 2013 for Pittsburgh.
Sanders, who turns 27 on Monday, has played four seasons for Pittsburgh. The Patriots tried to sign him away in restricted free agency in 2013, but the Steelers matched the offer.
Sanders has taken free agent visits to the Jaguars, Buccaneers and Chiefs, and he reportedly was to visit with the 49ers. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS, Sanders was to arrive in San Francisco on Saturday night.
Earlier Saturday, Sanders — PFT’s No. 39-ranked free agent — tweeted out a YouTube video thanking Steelers fans.
Sanders (5-11, 180) has good quickness and was a solid starter opposite top target Antonio Brown in Pittsburgh. In Denver, Sanders would help replace the production lost when Eric Decker departed for the Jets.
While Sanders is still relatively young and does come off his most productive season, he does have a couple of foot injuries in his recent past, as Scott Brown of ESPN.com highlighted on Saturday. Sanders suffered a right foot injury in the 2010 AFC title game, then further injured the foot in Super Bowl XLV. X-rays later revealed a fracture in his left foot, too. Sanders would miss five regular season games in 2011, but he hasn’t missed a game since.