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Don\’t Forget The Displacement Cost Of Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders


One last thought on Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who is visiting the New England Patriots today. I forgot to talk about Sanders\' own displacement cost of $1.323 million, which is the original round tender that he is currently wearing.

That $1.323 million essentially becomes free money should Sanders sign an offer sheet with the Patriots. In other words, it clears that much cap room, minus displacement of course, or can be accounted for in the amount of cap room that the Steelers need to match the offer sheet.

This is a big part of a tight cap puzzle that relates Sanders and the Steelers. Assuming the Steelers are currently around $3 million under the cap right now, it would essentially be a little less than $4 million after displacement. That extra million is not a lot, but the Patriots would have to take this into account in their offer sheet.

With all of that being said, a 2013 cap hit for Sanders in an offer sheet of around $3.5 million or more, still would likely be enough to scare away the Steelers from matching the offer. This also assumes the total value of the contract offered to Sanders is fair in the eyes of the Steelers.

Right now, in my opinion, it boils down to whether or not the Patriots really want Sanders. If they do, they will give up their third round draft pick and the Steelers will gain a little less than a million in salary cap space to use elsewhere. If they don\'t want Sanders, he will remain a restricted free agent until he signs his tender. I cant see the Patriots wasting time with an offer sheet if they think there is even a remote chance that the Steelers would match it.

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  • Kevin Gobleck

    This is one bad off season…

  • Maurice_hill_district

    So if lose him we gain ~1mil capspace now & a late 3rd rd pick in 2014 draft, aint much in return. Sign Cotchery now to a 2-year deal.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Thought it was this yrs draft could be wrong tho

  • Kusko_Ken

    we get a third rd pick this year.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Nevermind m

  • Jollyrob68

    You mean sign Breaston now.

  • Jollyrob68

    Heres my thoughts and I’m jumping in the deep end.

    The Steelers need to bring in for Saturday Elvis Dumervil, Darius Heyward Bey & Michael Huff and Sign them now. Elvis replaces james, Darius replaces Wallace & Huff can replace Ike Taylor or Ryan Clark. Cut Ike Taylor & Ryan Clark and use that money to sign them. If Sanders leaves enjoy the 3rd round pick.

    But get it done now. Not as a reaction to New England talking to Sanders but as a chance to add Legit replacements to the team while replacing aging Vets.

  • BoomDizzle

    The team is not singing those guys. This team is now in rebuilding mode. The team is being gutted and it will show on the field. This looks like a 6-7 win team to me.

  • Addison

    Goddamnit, this is a dark f*cking period!

  • RW

    That is truly the deep end. My sense is don’t waste money on those guys – get some good rookies in who can compete for starting jobs. All I can say is this is a waste of Ben’s prime year(s).

  • Christopher Wilkes

    I’d rather have Sanders instead of the cap space and a late 3rd pick considering the way we draft lately.

  • CrRe

    Yeah, a late third round pick sucks!!

  • Apostolis Lazaris

    well they shot them selves in the feet a couple of times with restructuring ,cutting ,dead money no cap its all shit moves ,they need to draft smart and stop signing all these vets to big and long contracts and get cap back

  • GH05T

    just what the hell is happening the steelers front office seem like they have lost there grip on reality this off season

  • charles

    Trust it Belichik doesn’t waste his time Dave.

  • TJ Smith

    Looks like we are heading for several lean years in steeltown,….. Thank God(Mario) we have the Pens………

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