Conflicting Reports About Emmanuel Sanders, Lil Wayne & An Offer Sheet From The Patriots

It seems as if we have conflicting reports about Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who visited with the New England Patriots on Friday.

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Sanders has signed an offer sheet from the Patriots and that the Steelers now have to make a decision as to whether or not they want to match it or receive the Patriots third-round draft pick in the upcoming draft as compensation for their free agent loss.

Dale Lolley of the Washington Observer Reporter, however, is reporting that Sanders left New England Friday without an offer.

TMZ has not reported anything on Sanders and they still don\’t know if Lil Wayne is going to live or sign an offer sheet with the Patriots. Perhaps Sanders has a new album coming out in a few weeks.

Hopefully this will straighten out soon.

Report by Dulac

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Report by Lolley

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  • hergieburbur

    All I can say is I REALLY hope Dulac is wrong. The Steelers so far look lost this offseason. I really hope their plan just isn’t obvious yet.

  • Letting young stars walk in their prime… resigning mediocre veterans left and right.

    Sheee-it, just blow it up and rebuild already. You’re not “reloading” when you give away all your ammo and find an empty cabinet.

  • Guest

    Yeah, this has been so stinking gay! They piss me off so dang bad. I have never felt such ticked at the Steelers!

  • Superdriller316

    People, we need to calm down. The world isn’t going to come to an end. If Manny goes then we get a 3rd in return. That’s the business side. I like Manny a lot but he’s not a #1 or #2, he’s a slot receiver. He had 626 yards last year, 1 TD, and 3 fumbles. Those are ok numbers at best. There are a lot of WR in this years draft. We have 7 WR under contract right now, so draft 2-3 more this year and go with it. This could be our chance to get away from the sub six foot WR’s. just like Kevin said, we’re not married to anyone. I think there might be one or two but that’s it.

  • hergieburbur

    We have 7 WRs under contract, but only three have shown anything in a real NFL game, and only one of those three will be under 31 this season. We’ll be lucky if one of the other four proves worth a roster spot. There is no positive way to spin that situation if it comes to be that way.

  • Superdriller316

    Lets look at the glass half full not half empty. If we didn’t have to dress 5 RB’s and 8-9 OL and so forth we could have had more WR’s on the 53 instead of the PS. At the end of next year, if all went to hell I’ll change my mind, but I feel we will be just fine.

  • hergieburbur

    Don’t get me wrong, I am not calling for someone’s head or saying the sky is falling. I AM saying this is the worst off season I can remember, and that is even considering that I expected it to be bad due to the cap/age situation.

  • Superdriller316

    I’m hearing you. I didn’t expect it either. It’s hard as a fan to see it from both sides. Teams need to do what’s best for them and players need to do the same. At least we didn’t have the mess Denver had. If that happened to one of our players I’d be pissed. The funny thing is, look how many Steelers come back when they find out the grass isn’t greener somewhere else. I like Manny, James , Keenan, Willie, Max, and so forth. I’m sure the FO has some plan to move forward and their keeping tight lipped about it. I’m sure after the draft the plan will come to light, but not till then. That sucks, another month and a half till then. Fingers crossed

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    My thing is although we have the same approach to f/a year in year out thats got us far for the most part but with that being said its time to change our approach other teams are making power moves to get better its time for us to do the same the standard can’t be the standard no more for the simple fact that this is not your fathers football game anymore when you can get by with a decent running game and playing smashmouth football the league changed because of that now its s passing game and if you blitz dump it to the te it was good while it lasted but in this day an age we have to get with the program and start marking bold moves!

  • Mike

    No one should reference players lost or signed without referencing the numbers connected to the deals. Signing Plax at the veteran minimum is a much better than Miami mortgaging their future $60mm+ on Wallace. This is a zero sum game, people. Every team plays by the same salary realities. Maintain a modicum of perspective.

  • Mike

    Yeah, ok…no. Don’t do any of that. Dude, “power moves”?!? Try being a Eagles, Jets, Lions or Dolphins fan if you want to know where that thinking gets an organization. Dumping it off to the TE seems like the game plan of the 4 teams in the conference championship games last January. Please tell me your whole post was an ironic joke. Yikes.

  • hergieburbur

    Nobody said anything about Wallace or comparing his contract to Plax’s. I doubt anyone expected Wallace to stay and it was a good move to let him go. That move isn’t one of the problems.

  • hergieburbur

    1: “Power moves” rarely work. Players fail to live up to their FA contracts more often than not. 2: We don’t have the cap space to make those moves. 3: It goes against team philosophy and isn’t going to change any time soon.

    As far as the league changes, you may have noticed that we became a pass first team years ago. As for defense, that is a combination of poor ILB coverage over the middle(in 2011 both Farrior and Timmons were horrible in coverage. Timmons was better last year but Foote was still bad), and the scheme itself tending to leave that space open. With two TE sets becoming more and more popular, teams see that they are the best way to attack the zone blitz defense. That is a matter of adjustments and they’ve shown they can do it against the Pats and other teams.

  • hergieburbur

    You forget the kings of power moves… the Redskins. How much did they pay Adam Archuletta in place of Clark again?

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Now this is what I would do assuming we have at least nine draft picks I would get BPA no particular order wr,s,rb,cb,olb,te,ilb,cb/s and lt bring in whatever positions for depth and competition then next year I would be looking at roughly around nine to ten draft picks I would trade four picks for the first three for the second adnd get clowny and Johnny football and with whatever picks I have left stock up on depth or. trades for the next season then I think we will be set for the future

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Lol I was dead serious we’ve got to do something the way things are looking now we might be lucky to see 8-8 next year

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    You can’t compare those teams with the Steelers because all those teams had poor coaching without a good qb in place an yet those same teams are putting pieces together to make noise this year and may end up with a better record than we have except the jets

  • grw1960

    this is a don’t restructure anyone in the last 2 years of there contract kind of year,Of which ther are too many.Because of poor drafts in 08 and 09
    At this point I don,t believe there is a plan, other than getting under the salary cap and looking for bargins in free agency (throwing mud at the wall and hoping some sticks)
    The Gay signing was alright , but they could have got him a lot cheaper if they would have waited.I think they panicked because they thought they might not be able to afford Lewis
    One thing I will miss about Arians , he could pick good good mid to late round WRs

  • hergieburbur

    That may be the only thing I miss about him.

  • SteelerDave

    If we loose Sanders (well choose to let him walk) then perhaps it is time for a full purge and a season or two of maybe 4-12 and 6-10 while we rebuild and get the dead money gone.

  • mghjr88

    Already lost Lewis. Pretty questionable in my opinion, especially when they are overpaying Gay. If Sanders leaves too, I will lose my expletives.

    I must say, I do not like this at all.

    Subtractions- Harrison, Wallace, Lewis, Mendenhall, Mundy & (possibly) Sanders
    Additions+ Burress, Gay, Foote, Spaeth, Gradkowski

    I am still not over losing Harrison, but am still foolishly hoping no one pays him in order to allow his (unlikely) return to Pittsburgh.

    I am not as down on Gay as others, but I think they paid him to much regardless of Lewis’s status with the team and am even more upset now that Lewis is a Saint.. I was really looking forward to a combo of Lewis and Allen at cornerback for years to come. Unfortunately, that won’t happen now.

    Losing Wallace will hurt but there was no real chance at landing him, so what can you do?

    Mendenhall has his issues off the field and with injuries, but in my opinion, those were issues that could be overlooked when considering his talent and potential. The Steelers are left with a stable(3?) of back-ups at the position going into a draft without a sure thing at running back. Hopefully the UDFA running back superstar bug hits the Steelers next year and they land another Fast Willie Parker.. I won’t hold my breath for that one. Maybe Franco can tote the rock again? I hear he eats blueberries everyday and has a fully functioning brain.

    Bringing Foote back is not my favorite move. I personally feel he was the weak link of the defense last year and it’s time for new blood. Stevenson Sylvester must have really screwed the pooch with the coaching staff because I would have guessed he was due for a shot at lining up next to Timmons this season. Especially given the status of Sean Spence.

    Somebody get a f*ck!n voodoo doll and fix that kid’s knee.

  • I used to like Dulac and Bouchette. But lately they seem to have a bunch of blame to throw around and no real answers. Their articles have been almost impossible to read.
    This is the new NFL, not the 70’s and 80’s. You have to work with the cap and if you have a franchise QB, then it makes surrounding him with talent consistently hard to do.

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    I have full confidence that he will sign his tender, play for the steelers next year then sign as a free agent somewhere next year. Just like Keenan Lewis.

  • CP 72

    Okay I am missing something? Some of you are reacting like we lost Swann.
    Sanders is an average slot recevier at best. Until last year he had problems staying healthy and when he did he still didn’t catch 50 balls.
    If we were not going to resign him next year then I say get a draft pick and move on. This is a perfect draft to have 4 picks the 2nd to 4th round. Let’s look at how this can stack up.
    Rd 1. Tavon Austin WR
    Rd.2. Arthur Brown LB
    Rd 3. Shamarko Thomas S
    Rd 3. Ryan Swope WR
    Rd 4. Le’Veon Bell RB

    I know that’s a lot of speculation but I think this gives us another pick to add much needed depth at multiple positions.

  • Bradys_Dad

    And the sad truth is that the fans and media will crucify Ben when the passing game flops. They need to keep Saunders.

  • mlc43

    Well..who knows what his status is. Like you, I wouldn’t shed too many tears if we did. However, I do not believe Tavon Austin is the right fit for this team, and I’m a WVU fan. He’s a bit too small and we need more size at that position. I agree on principle though.

  • mlc43

    You mean Sanders. Saunders was a totally other issue.

  • LouPGH

    Agree to an extent. I don’t think it’s contingent on whether we lose Sanders, I’d say we’re already in the middle of a soft purge. I probably don’t need to explain it to you, but I’ll say it for the sake of the Chicken Littles around here: the guys we’re signing right now are coming on the cheap, and they won’t cost us (much, if any) dead money beyond next season. We’re over-leveraged from making a run at another Super Bowl. I’m fine with the restructuring strategy when you’re trying to keep a team together, but at some point you have to hit the pause button and allow the amount of future cap space you’ve already allocated to decrease.

    (Also, we do a decent job in the draft, but I would question whether we deviate much from the mean. If you draft spectacularly, I suppose there is a way in which you continue to extend your stars, let guys walk after their rookie contracts, and plug in new guys.)

    I am not even confident they will offer Sanders a new contract next season. They’re probably considering it because we’re certainly lacking young talent at WR right now. Spending a few high draft picks on skill position players (pass-catching TE, all-around RB a la a guy like Ray Rice, WRs obviously), however, could easily rectify that situation. We have quite a few needs on defense as well, so I don’t expect them to address all the holes on offense this year.

    So, like you said, I think we’d be well advised to temper our expectations and try to see the forest through the trees. Now is a good time to let some guys leave: the Ravens situation is similar and the Browns are in transition again. Only the Bengals seem to be on the ascent right now.

  • Guest

    Steelers, have added 1 free agent, who hasn’t played for them. And Grad, is a homer.

  • Bradys_Dad

    My spelling error stands corrected. Thank you.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I agree whole heartily the guys we lost have been a big part of our success but football is a team sport and with a draft stock pilled with lots of WR talent. We can find the next Wallace and Sanders.