Emmanuel Sanders: “I’m not trying to break the bank”

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Money isn’t always easy for Broncos players to come by.

But wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders — who is the next man up on the team’s extension list — said yesterday he’s not trying to take it all.

As history has shown, that’s a reasonable expectation when dealing with John Elway, and Sanders said he’s hoping the ongoing talks can reach an amicable conclusion.

“It’s not frustrating. It’s actually a blessing,” Sanders said, via Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post. “We’re talking millions and millions of dollars that I can earn just by the game that I love. At the end of the day, I’m looking forward to it, but I know you guys want to know the answers to that, where are we at.

“We’re trying to find that middle ground of saying, you know what, this is a fair deal for me and for the Denver Broncos. I said it from Day One — I’m not trying to break the bank. I want to be here. But I also want a fair deal, and I want a fair deal for the production I’ve been putting out, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Sanders is entering the final year of the deal he signed in 2014, and is scheduled to make $5.6 million this season. But with recent contracts signed by Doug Baldwin and Allen Hurns and Keenan Allen, a player of his production appears underpaid.

Of course, with the Broncos, that’s hardly reason to think a deal’s going to happen, though the two sides are still talking.

26 responses to “Emmanuel Sanders: “I’m not trying to break the bank”

  1. It’s funny that any Broncos player who’s going through contract negotiations fully expects to be nickle and dimed by Elway
    That’s how he operates
    He doesn’t want to reward great play and achievements like a super bowl championship he wants to see how little he can get you to take regardless of your skill and value to the team
    How much longer could this strategy possibly work for him until their top players feel unwanted and disrespected enough that none of them want to play for an organization that treats them in this manner?

  2. Get the deal ASAP. Your numbers aren’t going to look quite so good next year with the current QB grouping.
    Denver will be running the ball a lot more this year.

  3. “Of course, with the Broncos, that’s hardly reason to think a deal’s going to happen, though the two sides are still talking.”

    Do we really need the editorializing here?! I think the Broncos gave Von Miller a very fair deal. There is a reason in 5 years as GM John Elway has 5 division titles, 2 AFC Championships, 2 Super Bowl appearances and 1 Super Bowl victory. All that while signing the biggest free agent and completely transforming his team from an offensive juggernaut to a defensive stalwart in just two seasons! He has demonstrated that he is one of the best GMs in the league. In summary John Elway>snarky comments from PFT writers!!

  4. spartanlegend says:
    Jul 29, 2016 8:40 AM

    It’s funny that any Broncos player who’s going through contract …………………………..players feel unwanted and disrespected enough that none of them want to play for an organization that treats them in this manner?
    ———————-
    There is this thing called the salary cap. Almost all teams adhere to it, although, some pay their stars in “contracts” to provide items to the team. Cough cough. Elway refuses to do that.

  5. spartanlegend says:
    Jul 29, 2016 8:40 AM
    It’s funny that any Broncos player who’s going through contract negotiations fully expects to be nickle and dimed by Elway
    That’s how he operates
    He doesn’t want to reward great play and achievements like a super bowl championship he wants to see how little he can get you to take regardless of your skill and value to the team
    How much longer could this strategy possibly work for him until their top players feel unwanted and disrespected enough that none of them want to play for an organization that treats them in this manner?
    ———–
    Someone should probably tell this guy that Von is now the highest paid defender in the NFL. I know you hate that the Broncos under Elway are the best franchise in football but you don’t have to make yourself look like a clown by spitting out ridiculous statements like that.

  6. Hey Spartanlegend, Have you ever heard of a salary cap?

    Let me guess, you think Elway should have paid Von $20MM/year, Malik $18MM/year, Brock $18MM, Trevathon, $10MM all during the offseason? Don’t forget DT is already making $16MM/year.

    Broncos would have had 70% cap tied up in five players. Get real. The nickel and dime statement is getting old. Successful teams know how to allocate money and not break the bank on a small number of players.

    There is a limit to what you can spend. Broncos are already pretty gracious in their contracts to Von and DT, so kind of hard to say they don’t reward good players.

  7. I’m very well aware of what the salary cap is and having lived in Denver for a while I’m even somewhat of a Broncos fan but neither of those things change the fact that Elway is notorious for treating his top players in a somewhat disrespectful manner. It seems to work out pretty well for him too but the facts are still the facts whether you like them or not

  8. And by the way the Miller situation was a complete anomaly. Ol’ Horseface finally got beaten at his own game because he realized what a bad look it would be for him to have possibly the best player in the league sit for a year and then go play for someone else. I have a newfound respect for Miller after seeing how he absolutely owned Elway in those negotioations.

  9. When you are arrogant and buy a SB title in the cap era, you get into cap hells.

    I still have no idea how Denver won the Sb with such an awful QB either. In an offensive era, the key to these SB wins in the last 10 years or so, has been through the QB. All the Chinese PEDs in the world couldn’t help Gomer last year, but somehow they were able to hide the roids from Goodell and cheat the cap for a SB win a la the 1990s.

    This is what it looks like when you don’t budget properly.

  10. spartanlegend says:
    Jul 29, 2016 10:10 AM
    And by the way the Miller situation was a complete anomaly. Ol’ Horseface finally got beaten at his own game because he realized what a bad look it would be for him to have possibly the best player in the league sit for a year and then go play for someone else. I have a newfound respect for Miller after seeing how he absolutely owned Elway in those negotioations.

    ———–

    I wonder how Ol’ horserace is going to feel when Miller spends 2/3 of the season on IR….

  11. I love how Broncos fans cheat with Goodell, as he sanctions Chinese PEDs and cap cheating a la 1995, 1996 and 1997 and somehow Denver is the “best franchise in the NFL”..

    Patently laughable.

    They have been a non factor for 15 years until the last couple of seasons.

    Plan on being that yet again from here on out with such poor GM work, long term from Horseteeth.

  12. I see the Bronco hater/idiots are in full effect….jealousy is unbecoming, but I digress….Emmanuel Sanders is a great player, a great Bronco and a fan favorite. He’s not going anywhere. The Broncos will have upwards of $30 mil available under the cap next season, so this deal will get done, and probably in the next couple of weeks. Hate on, losers…

  13. The Broncos are not in “cap hell”. Their only problem is that Elway has been magnificent in signing quality free agents and drafting players whose contracts are expiring. So basically, the only issue is he’s been so successful that he now has a ton of valuable players on the team that do deserve to be paid top dollar. The problem is you can’t pay everyone top dollar and you need to figure out who will take less for the good of the team.

  14. juvat308 says:
    Jul 29, 2016 10:38 AM
    I’m looking forward to the Broncos D crushing Brady again this year, leaving him broken on the turf soiling himself.

    ———-

    That may be….but its good to know the Pats will only need to score 10 points to beat the Broncos…..and that is if the Broncos defense somehow manages to score a TD.

    Good luck with Mark Sanchez!!!

  15. tylawspick6 says:
    Jul 29, 2016 10:19 AM
    When you are arrogant and buy a SB title in the cap era, you get into cap hells.

    I still have no idea how Denver won the Sb with such an awful QB either. In an offensive era, the key to these SB wins in the last 10 years or so, has been through the QB. All the Chinese PEDs in the world couldn’t help Gomer last year, but somehow they were able to hide the roids from Goodell and cheat the cap for a SB win a la the 1990s.

    This is what it looks like when you don’t budget properly.

    —————-

    But their QB scored twice as many TDs as Brady in the AFCC game. So I’m not sure any Patriots fan is in a position to make fun of Denver QB play when Denver QB outplayed Patriots QB.

  16. Sanders is a GOOD player, not a great player.

    If he was so great, he would have been in much higher demand after leaving Pitt.

    He’s basically an afterthought in the offense and a deep threat.

    He’s David Patten.

  17. I am looking forward to the Pats FINALLY fielding their A Squad in Denver this year and demolishing that overrated, prima donna team.

    Denver could never beat NE’s A Squad.

    Not in 2011, 2012, regular season or postseason.

  18. How is overpaying a fading HOF QB on PEDs, “maginificent”, using that to lure FAs to Denver?

    You’re beyond lucky it worked and NE’s B Squad was on the field last year in the title game.

    You should be thankful you were so lucky, instead of acting like you’ll be going to another title game this year like NE will, their 6th straight, a new modern NFL record which is why Goodell does what he does to try to cheat the Pats with made up “scandals”.

  19. LMAO

    Maybe NE’s D can roid up and cheat the cap like Denver so we can guarantee we’re not putting out our B Squad in January, huh?

  20. stealthjunk says:
    Jul 29, 2016 10:37 AM
    The Broncos are not in “cap hell”. Their only problem is that Elway has been magnificent in signing quality free agents and drafting players whose contracts are expiring. So basically, the only issue is he’s been so successful that he now has a ton of valuable players on the team that do deserve to be paid top dollar. The problem is you can’t pay everyone top dollar and you need to figure out who will take less for the good of the team.
    __________

    Exactly. People act like drafting extremely well and having too many great players to be able to pay under the salary cap somehow makes you a bad GM. And not just drafting. Chris Harris and CJ Anderson were undrafted. I wish these guys who criticize the Broncos for “nickel and diming” would show us the team that pays everybody on their team max contracts. And I can understand the fans of some teams posting critically of past Broncos transgressions, but when I see the word “cheat” come off the fingertips of Patriot and Raider fans, I have to LOL.

  21. LMAO

    Maybe NE’s D can roid up and cheat the cap like Denver so we can guarantee we’re not putting out our B Squad in January, huh?
    _________

    We beat your B squad with our B squad in November. You know, our back up qb in his 2nd career start. Half the offensive line lost for season. Safeties, LB, WR, RB banged up. And we still matched up to yout HoF qb and ran all over you.

    All we heard leading up to the rematch in January was that things were gonna be different this time with your A team. Edelman was back. Amendola back. Gronk back. Who was missing? Lewis? Is that what you’re hanging your hat on? You didn’t even get close to us until both our safeties went out again. And since both our back up safeties were already out for the season, it took the third 4th down try to Hail Mary it to Gronk and get things started.

    So save all that A team stuff. You were beat down twice on national tv. The whole world watched Tommy crumble and cry. Twice. This year will bectwo different teams. But it won’t change what happened. And all your woulda/couldas are just delusions.

  22. Love the haters comment that Elway trying to nickel and dime players. Would any of you pay Brock more then Tom Brady is making???? Yeah didn’t think so. Also, outside of Denver fans none of you knew who Malik and Danny T were until they went somewhere else now it’s “The defense isn’t the same they gonna be terrible.” That’s why your only football skills is Fantasy so please keep to that. SB winning teams FAs are picked apart every year but it’s always the 2nd and 3rd tier guys who teams get and think are “elite” and that always backfires while the key players stay. Just ask Philly how that mega signing of SB winning DB from Seattle Byron Maxwell panned out. 1 and done now in Miami. But I’m sure you all do great in your Fantasy leagues so your credentials can’t be questioned. Keep hating cause that just let’s us know even more that WE ARE WORLD F’N CHAMPS

    Sincerely
    Bronco Nation

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