It is now Sunday and Bob Labriola reports via Twitter today that Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert still has yet to received an offer sheet for restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders from the New England Patriots.
Sanders, who visited with the Patriots on Friday, was erroneously reported by several media and blog sites on Friday as already receiving and signing an offer sheet. The receiver took to his Facebook page on Saturday to announce that he hadn\’t received or signed anything from the Patriots as of yet.
The Patriots, however, still have plenty of time to decide whether or not they wish to try to pilfer the Steelers former third-round draft pick as the deadline to sign restricted free agents to offer sheets is the week before the draft.
Should Sanders ultimately receive an offer sheet, the Steelers will have five days from the time that Sanders brings it back to them to match or decline it. Should they choose to decline to match, they would receive the Patriots third-round draft pick in the upcoming draft as compensation for their loss as Sanders was tendered prior to the start of the free agency signing period with an original round offer in the amount of $1.323 million.
We will keep you updated with the Sanders situation as soon as any developments take place.