Report: Patriots Sign Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders To Offer Sheet

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports is reporting on Wednesday that the New England Patriots have signed Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to an offer sheet. The offer sheet is believed to be a one -year deal.

The Steelers, who currently have just under two million in available salary cap space plus the price of the tender at their disposal, now have five days to match the offer sheet signed by Sanders if they wish to retain him. If they don\’t, they will receive the Patriots third round draft pick as compensation for losing him.

Sanders was restricted tendered at an original round level in the amount of $1.323 million prior to the start of free agency. He visited the Patriots several weeks ago, but did not sign an offer sheet at that time.

  • Chris Ranieri

    So is he worth the compensatory pick or the $$ we would have to match?? This is really interesting. I’m thinking they might let him go…

  • Can they make a counter offer long term? I dont think they can. Paying him big money and the ability to walk at the end of the year. This doesnt look good.

  • Chris92021

    Take the Pats’ 3rd round pick.

  • Wow and he signed it too?? Does anyone know if Breastons knee is feeling better because we need wide outs.

  • Extra 3rd would be perfect in this draft for us.

  • steeltown

    Oh shit… I knew this was coming

  • steeltown

    Well… if he ultimately ends up in New England, me sees a 1st or 2nd Rd pick being used at WR now for sure

  • steeltown

    Im thinking you’re right

  • For sure and an additional position of need in the 3rd.

  • T R

    so what you think we should do.. you the brains 🙂

  • David Edward

    I’d gladly take the 3rd round pick. It gives them the ability to address more needs or to use as a tool to trade up if need be.

  • Chris Ranieri

    I believe the compensatory pick would be for the draft next year.

  • James

    The problem we have with letting him go is that there is no depth behind Brown. Burress and Cotchery both add veteran leadership but are both on the downward slide so ideally you don’t really want them starting and Gilreath
    is unproven.

  • JP4Pitt

    I agree totally! Yes, he’s a good WR, but they needed to meet four major needs with impact players in rounds one-thru-three. Now they’ll have four pick with which to meet them. Another WR with a skill set similar to Sanders might be found later in the draft.

  • Restricted Tender will be this year Draft

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Now we go after tavon Austin in first then a tall target later and use the extra both thirds for rb an BPA thanx patriots

  • David Edward

    It will be interesting to see how much the contract is worth as it is reported to only be a one year deal. The key here is not letting the Pats bait them into overpaying. Good chance Sanders would leave next year as a UFA anyway so take the 3rd rounder and run.

  • David Edward

    They get the Pats 3rd round this year

  • Chris92021

    I would rather take Ryan Swope in the 3rd/4th round for a low price than get into a bidding war with the Pats for the oft-injured, fumble prone Emmanuel Sanders.

  • Joel Singleton

    Hold your horses! That is a 3rd-rounder for this year not next year.

  • Bring in Breaston and draft 2 Wide outs

  • Chris92021

    Absolutely correct. The Steelers will receive the 93th pick in the draft if they decide not to match.

  • Chris Ranieri

    Didn’t even think about the restricted tender…you’re right.

  • mokhkw

    Agreed. Short-term it’s a bit of a bummer, but he likely leaves in 2014 anyway. Why not get a 3rd now instead of nothing in ’14?

  • James Warner

    Take the pick and run. I would draft 2 Wr in 1st 4 picks. U can probably pick up austin or patterson in the first and unless a Def. Stud falls to them i cant see reaching for an ILB that early, plenty of athletic safties later as well.I really see a heavy offensive draft probably 2 or 3 of the first 4 picks.they need to score points in the new pass heavy league.

  • reg38

    Bring in Breaston on a 1 year vet minimum contract.

    With the Pats 3rd round pick, draft Aaron Dobson or Stedman Bailey.

    4 years of Dobson/ Bailey > 1 year of Sanders.

  • Man-o-man, is Mann ever gonna have to earn his pay this year!

  • Luke Shabro

    Good point. Swope could be very productive in Haley’s system. Pretty crazy that we might only end up with Antonio Brown left from the young money crew. I don’t really like all this turnover in the WR corps but at the same time its not like the 2012 group was wowing anybody. I hope they draft Austin, Keenan Allen or Robert Woods. Anyone but Patterson!! That dude is a Limad Sweed replica on the field and a Plaxico Burress replica off it. Please Colbert, stay away from that disaster? Even if we get Austin, Allen or Woods I would love to see them grab Swope or Stedman Bailey also.

  • Clint Martin

    Let him go take the third this draft has alot of receivers this year!!

  • Take the 3rd, I wouldn’t mind Austin and maybe Dobson in the 3rd. Since its a 1yr deal we could always resign him next yr

  • rizzo29

    It,s a 1yr deal if he really wanted to stay here he wouldn,t of signed offer sheet from pat,s.I,m sure it wasn,t a shocking offer pat,s are cheap like that

  • Buccos9

    I don’t see experience being as big a concern with receivers as it would be with some other positions. If they grab a guy like Keenan Allen, who is supposed to be a good route runner, in the first round, and then possibly another receiver in the third or fourth round, they should be fine. The biggest concern for me would be starting a young receiver who doesn’t run routes well and leaves Ben throwing to the spot where the receiver should be rather than where he ends up. That happened to Neil O’Donnell in the 1995 Super Bowl when we had a receiver injured and the replacement receiver zigged when he should have zagged. He helped make Larry Brown, the Dallas CB, a Super Bowl hero.

  • steeltown

    Exactly… it all depends… do the Steelers see him as a long term player or not, if not they’ll welcome the 3rd Rd pick

  • steeltown

    I like Dobson as a mid-Rd prospect, kid has some upside.. his stats are not eye popping, but he’s a good route runner, has reliable hands, good speed and size

  • reg38

    Ravens got a 6th rounder for Bolden
    Steelers will receive a 3rd rounder for Sanders

    We win!!

  • steeltown

    All depends on how much they like Sanders… there’s alot of talent in the 2nd and 3rd Rds this year in the draft.

  • Chris92021

    I agree with you on Patterson, Luke. Although I won’t go so far as compare him to Sweed, I will compare him to Devin Thomas, another guy with only one year of D-I experience and shot up on mock draft boards because of great combine numbers. I would much rather have Swope in the 3rd round or Allen or Woods in the 2nd round. I am gonna miss Sanders but I won’t miss him dropping the ball or staying injured. We just got a 3rd round pick for a guy whose career high was 44 catches and scored total 5 TDs in his entire career. I will take that any day.

  • steeltown

    ..and with a fairly new Offensive system and a brand new WR Coach in 2013 most of the WR’s on roster are going to be seeing some new things for the first time. I welcome two new faces via the draft, especially if one of them is a 1st or 2nd Rd grade

  • Chris92021

    A 3rd round pick for a guy who put up 94 catches and 5 TDs…in his entire 3 year career? That guy also has a long injury history? Yes, I will take the 3rd round pick any day.

  • steeltown

    I really like Sanders, he’s a great route runner and good blocker down field, but yes, he wasnt a redzone threat and he also has had multiple foot surgeries, which is not good for young skill position players

  • SteelerFanInMD

    I thought the Steelers were out of the woods since nothing happened for several weeks. I bet the contract from NE is for around $2.5 million.

  • Chad H

    Later big money. Thanks for the pick!

  • SteelerFanInMD

    If Sanders ends up leaving, I think it becomes a high priority for the Steelers to draft a WR who can start right away. That means drafting a WR with their first or second selection or both.

  • Jollyrob68

    Take the 3rd and Draft Eifert or 2 Wr’s.

  • Chad H

    1st rd – Tyler Eifert
    2nd rd – Jamie Collins
    3rd rd – Stedman Bailey

    This draft is coming together!

  • steeltown

    Agreed, definitely one in the 1st or 2nd Rd and another in the mid Rds

  • Eric MacLaurin

    I doubt a third round pick does anything this year and while this might work long term it would really hurt this year.

    On the other hand, We now have a number the front office can use for a long term deal. I would sign him long term if the number is reasonable but the pick is a nice fallback.

  • Chris Ranieri

    Imagine if we were to let go of our 1st round for a couple 2nd round or a 3rd round package…. Say 2 2nd round picks and 2 3rd round picks or something in that ballpark? Doesn’t necessarily put us in line to pick out a star but man could we add some depth…

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    I’m in the minority, but I think they should keep him and will keep him as long as the offer is less than $4M. He is a young player who we know is good and the Steelers just don’t have enough of those. They will then work on a long term deal once he is signed.

    Rookie WRs are almost always unreliable and need at least a year to get up to speed. If they give him up, then they need to blow it up and start building for 2014.

  • Donny Simmons

    Take the 3rd, I like Saunders but he is injured to often. I do like Dobson, Swope & Bailey. Don’t like Allen he can’t get off press coverage but Hopkins can.

  • rizzo29

    Don,t forget Sharmarko Thomas with the other 3rd pick

  • Chad H

    1st rd Tyler Eifert
    2nd rd Jamie Collins
    3rd rd Stedman Bailey
    3rd rd Shamarko Thomas

    This draft is getting good for the Steelers!

  • steeltown

    I have to somewhat disagree.. in my opinion rookie WR’s can contribute, even Wallace (the so called one trick pony) had 750+yds and 6TD’s his rookie season, Holmes had 800+yds his rookie season.. and thats just Steelers players, WR is one position that can make a difference almost immediately. Plus, we have a fairly new Offensive system and a brand new WR Coach in 2013 so most of the WR’s on roster are going to be seeing some things for the first time anyway

    and I’m sorry but losing our #3 WR from a year ago would not entail blowing it up and rebuilding

  • Addison

    I liked Sanders, but now the steelers can stack defense 1-3 rounds. They always find good receivers in late rounds. Maybe grab JJ Wilcox and Bell in the third. I’m salivating!

  • zyzak

    Steelers will give him 5 years no sense just matching

  • zyzak

    They can offer him a LT deal

  • steeltown

    Would love to get Eifert and Shamarko Thomas in this draft

  • NW86

    If that’s the number, it’s a no-brainer the Steelers should match it. But my guess is it is higher. The Pats know we have around $2M in cap space, on top of the $1.3M already earmarked for Sanders. I’ll bet the offer is around $4M, enough to make us have to release or restructure someone in order to match it.

  • Hells yeah!!! Take the 3rd round pick, but I’d still draft receivers with our 1st rd. pick and one of our 3rd rd. picks.

  • Superdriller316

    I say take the pick and let him go. He wasn’t that productive and has been injured in the past. Unless we sign him to a long term contract, he could walk next year with no compensation. There are a lot of WR’s in the draft that can take that spot. Look what NE does, they sign a lot of WR’s and when they aren’t what they thought they were they cut them. So, best case scenario, let him walk and take the pick. NE ends up cutting him and we pick him back up.

  • steeltown

    Yep.. around $4MIL

  • Nolrog

    This doesn’t make sense. The Pats are willing to give up their 3rd round pick for a 1-year rental? I’m struggling to see the logic.

  • How can you compare Patterson to Limad(Limas) Sweed? Please explain, because from what I see they’re two totally different types of players. If you want to compare Sweed to a Tenn. receiver than compare him to Justin Hunter.

  • ttudor

    I’ve not known Sanders to be a bad character guy, so I wish him well in NE. Take the pick he can’t stay healthy and health has been a big problem for this team the past few seasons. There are other options. A word to Mr. Bengal your great football insight is why you are a Bengals fan.

  • Donny Simmons

    Not sure what you guys see in Eifert, not at 17.

    try this- 1st- Chance Warmack-G- Bama

    2nd- Robert Woods-WR- USC

    3rd- Stedman Bailey-WR- WVU

    3rd(B)-LeVon Bell-RB- Mich St

    4th T.J McDonald-FS- USC

    5th Kevin Reddick ILB- UNC

    6th Brandon Jenkins OLB- Florida St
    6th Josh Evans – S- Florida

  • SteelerCop

    I love it! LMAO

  • SteelerCop

    Let the Pats have Manny…pick up Bradshaw for 2 mil a year…no WR is worth a #1 pick if you ask me…if Jones (OLB) is available at 17…get him! Pick up a WR in the second and third round…and a RB or CB in the third…and so on and so forth!