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.
While the possibility of this happening exist, I don’t see it happening. The Patriots seem to value their draft picks quite bit, and with only have a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 7th it would leave the cupboard pretty bare. Although the window is closing for a team that just lost Welker.
They could give up the 3rd and trade out of the 1st to add more draft picks, but I feel that it is unlikely. With the large amount of cap they have, a option like Jennings would have made greater since. Jennings did miss time last year, but finished the season and looked fine.
With Belichick being known for trading out of the first round for more picks, I could see him giving up a third rounder for a proven young player knowing he can get another pick. I just hope we don’t have to wait until the week before the draft to find out.
Also, it seems that Brady is mad about losing Welker so they could end up signing Sanders to try to make their biggest star happier.
There is another question besides whether or not to part with a draft pick. Are the Pats willing to give two big contracts to guys with a history of injuries? Although Sanders and Amendola both have an upside they have obviously both spent a lot of time on the injury report. That makes having them both very risky considering the Pats game plan is built entirely around Brady and the offense. Maybe thats why they haven’t already made him an offer.
I think things could go either way at this point. At least is the Steelers lose him there seems to be a lot of receiver depth in this draft.
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