According to Adam Schefter on Twitter, the New England Patriots are hosting Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders for a visit on Friday.
Sanders was issued a $1.323 million original round tender last week. That means if he were to sign an offer sheet with the Patriots, and the Steelers not match it, Pittsburgh would receive a third round draft pick as compensation.
Restricted free agents aren\’t normally targets of other teams because of the time and compensation involved. The Steelers would have a week to decide whether or not they want to match an offer should Sanders receive one.
The Patriots, if they have the cap space, could easily construct a contract offer in a manner that the Steelers couldn\’t match because of first year salary hit limitations.
The Patriots, however, only have one third-round pick this year and no picks after that until the seventh round.