Patriots Offer Sheet Signed By Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders Only $2.5 Million, Not $4 Million

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports on Twitter that Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders only signed an offer sheet worth $2.5 million, and not $4 million as it was previously reported.

This difference in amount really changes my opinion on the whole situation. In fact, the Steelers already have enough cap room to afford matching that offer sheet without doing anything else. After all, it\’s not even an extra $1.2 million over his $1.323 million tender.

If Sanders is to leave after the 2013 season as an unrestricted free agent, he has a lot to prove between now and then if he indeed is expecting a big pay day. That is a $2.5 million carrot that I would be willing to dangle in front of him.

We shall now see if general manager Kevin Colbert feels the same way. The Steelers have five days to match the offer.