It has been almost one week now since it was first reported that Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders visited with the New England Patriots. Despite several national media and blog sites reporting that they had sources telling them that Sanders had received and signed an offer sheet, the Steelers third-round draft pick in the 2010 draft still hasn\’t received or signed anything as of Thursday morning.
Sanders hasn\’t updated his contract situation on his Facebook page since he denied the initial reports that said he had an offer sheet, but he did post a picture of himself with fellow Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and a few other wide receivers that are currently working out down in Miami.
Teams still have until a week before the draft to sign Sanders to an offer sheet. We have yet to hear about what the big move is that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay claims to have up his sleeve, which many still believe could be the signing of Sanders to an offer sheet.
The Steelers are currently continuing on with their day-today business following the annual owners meetings out in Arizona and that includes making pro day visits prior to them starting to host draft hopefuls back in Pittsburgh.
As of right now, no news is good news if you are hoping for Sanders to remain in Pittsburgh. As always, we will keep you updated with any news concerning him should anything develop.
I know the Steelers are keeping their options open.. and they could still decide to bring in another FA at some point, but I would strongly consider extending one of our current players, like McLendon or Dwyer.. I have a feeling they want to have a wait and see approach with Worilds, but others could be extended now before they become UFA’s
I AGREE WITH MCCLENDON BUT ON THE FENCE WITH DWYER
IMHO, Belichick is having second thoughts in giving up their 3rd round pick since New England only has 4 picks (1st rd, 2nd rd, 3rd rd, 7th rd) in this upcoming draft.
I only say Dwyer because I believe he’s a solid #2 RB and it would cost very little to extend him this offseason, and in turn lower his cap hit from the restricted tender by giving him a low 2013 base salary
so is bob pompeani full of crap or what? he apparently talked to manny and manny even said that the offer was somewhat front-loaded…so whats going on here? if i had to quess…New England wrote the terms in a manner that require manny to wait until the deadline to sign it. a very asshole’ish thing to do but typical of belichick. that would only solidify bill belichick as the biggest asshole in the history of the nfl, maybe biggest asshole ever?
It would not surprise me if Sanders has signed the deal, but NE hasn’t filed the paperwork. So even though he is signed there is no official offer sheet agreement and therefore the NFL office won’t require them to notify the Steelers. I can totally see them trying to bend the rules to their favor….they have done it in the past.
Owners meetings may have delayed things. This could play out for awile. Patriots could strike after the Steelers make another move in free agency.
I WAS THINKING THE SAME BILL IS WAITING FOR US TO SIGN MORE FA SO OUR MONEY WOULD BE TIED UP TO MATCH ANY OFFER
Nothing NE does can surprise me. They were caught redhanded once….how many times did they escape detection?
I tend to think Sanders is a no go for NE. They’ve signed a few deals since last Friday and I don’t think they’re in that great of cap shape. But we do still have another month or so for things to pan out. We’ll see.
I agree, but I think it would be better to wait till after training camp for Dwyer (who has alot more upside than Redman IMO) If he shows up in shape and does well with the new zone/man combo blocking scheme, then he could be a good guy to sign for 3-4 more years at what should be a pretty cheap deal. Mclendon is definately worth signing up long term (at the very least he is great depth for the D-line) both extensions would lower the 2013 cap hit of their 1.3 mil tenders
No, I think you are reading way too much into this. Trust me, if the Pats had an offer sheet for Sanders, the Steelers would have been notified immediately per NFL rules regarding RFA tenders. I think the Pats realize that they already have a receiving corps with injury history (Amendola, Hernandez, and Gronkowski) and are now gun shy about signing another one. Not only that, Belichick is probably a bit hesitant about giving us a 3rd round pick this season as well. I would gladly take another 3rd round pick over Sanders.
I agree with that.. I feel Dwyer is turning the corner ‘mentally’ ..he started offseason training early and he signed his tender immediately. Lets just hope he turns the proverbial corner ‘physically’ as well, I think he can be a big factor moving forward whether we draft a true #1 or not
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