Report: Steelers 50/50 As To Whether Or Not To Match Offer Sheet Given To Emmanuel Sanders By The Patriots

John Clayton of ESPN reported Friday on Twitter that the Pittsburgh Steelers are 50/50 as to whether or not to match the one-year, $2.5 million offer sheet that restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders signed with the New England Patriots.

This is not surprising news as even the fanbase seems to be split with their opinions on this topic as well.

As I pointed out on Thursday, the Steelers will be hard pressed to get an extension done with Sanders by the start of the 2013 season should they indeed decide to match the offer sheet. It\’s not impossible, however. This very well could play heavily into their decision to match or not.

As Clayton points out, some in the organization want the player, while others want the third round draft pick that the team would receive as compensation.

Clayton also goes on to point out quite obviously that wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery would be the most likely candidate to take over the Sanders\’ starting spot in the offense initially. The Steelers also have veteran wide receiver Plaxico Burress under contract for 2013, but he did not see the field much after being signed to the roster in the second half of the 2012 season.

The Steelers have until Sunday evening to make their decision.

David Todd and I dedicated a whole episode of The Terrible Podcast on Thursday to the Sanders situation and we invite you to listen to it if you haven\’t already.

  • nikgreene

    It would be surprising to me that Colbert and Co. didn’t already have a plan for how to handle this situation. Maybe the Patriots low-ball offer is what threw them for a loop?

  • Jonathon Bert Schade

    Draft Tyler Eifert #1…he can split out if need be. Then address WR later, twice probably. Sanders is a nice guy, but they won’t be able to keep him next year anyway and his bad foot remains worrisome to me, if no one else.

  • moderatelysane

    You have to think that a 1st round rookie could challenge Cotchery for the starting position.

  • steeltown

    Agreed. If they draft a WR in the 1st or 2nd Rd, I would assume that Cotchery would end up being #3 on the depth chart by mid-season

  • Jollyrob68

    I’ve always felt that Sanders was Bill B’s target during that draft but The Steelers drafted him first. New England then drafted Taylor Price, a disappointment. Bill B gave him a raise and Sanders wont forget it in 2014. As I said to Sanders Stay or Go I’m a Sanders fan. He will either play for my favorite team STeelers or my home team Patriots and I watch him every weekend. Win Win for me as a fan.
    Now take the pick!

  • TheBlitz

    Sanders is a very good receiver! Only injuries have slowed him down since he joined the Steelers. As a rookie he was ahead of Antonio Brown on the depth chart and for good reasons.

    A third round pick be it a receiver may not give you the same production a guy like Sanders can give on a consistent basis. Ben was #1 last year on 3rd down and Sanders was a big part of it. If they believe his foot is OK and will not be a long term problem, I’d say match the offer and keep him here for a few more years.

    After the departure of Wallace this offense needs weapons in a hurry! Cotchery is good but he may not be here for too long. Same with plaxico. Their best years are behind them. It’s time to think about the future of this offense.

  • steeltown

    Either way we’ll be drafting WR… cant wait to see who…

  • Kysteeler

    A problem too is, we can’t say look at what he did when brown was out and he started last yer , because Ben went out for that stretch. He truly is a coin flip.

  • David Edward

    Yep, I’m in agreement with drafting Eifert. As I’ve said in other posts, he can line up in many positions and create mismatches all over the field. Then, come back and get another playmaker at WR on day two with one of those three picks

  • Maurice_hill_district

    In other words there is no change or news on whether Sanders will be a Steeler.

  • Mike Foster

    With the 91st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select Marcus Lattimore, Running Back, University of South Carolina