We do not have long to wait until the Pittsburgh Steelers make their decision as to whether or not to match the one-year, $2.5 million offer sheet signed by restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders with the the New England Patriots. You should know all of the pros and cons of keeping Sanders or letting him walk by now, so here is your chance to post your official vote that will not matter one bit in the final outcome of things.
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Fun though could predict outcome of vote by seeing the many previous posts. I wondered why Steelers hadnt already said will decline the offer, but today Bouchette answered that. He said “letting Sanders go is almost a no-brainer, yet other factors could be at work here, including a coaching staff that went 8-8 last season might be worried another year out of the playoffs could erode job security.”
What matters isn’t what we think, it’s what Steeler coaches think. Coaches prefer guys who already know the playbook, coaches stick with mediocre players too long because those players know the calls. Haley should be on thin ice this year & our new WR coach is considered expendable, so their priority could be to make sure they don’t go 7-9 this year. Tomlin would survive 7-9, but not Haley & WR coach if this year’s end of season passing ends up like the last half of last season.
No doubt the coaching staff and Colbert are under the gun this season. Mostly because of poor decisions on draft day and rookie contract length. Of course Ed Bouchette is probably the least informed beat writer in the NFL. I just hope they can find 2-3 players in the draft that can contribute right away
Steelers management will usually let a bad season slide. 8-8 isn’t a bad record, especially if at the midseason mark you were 6-2 and then lost the starting quarterback for a long time with a life threatening injury. And even if we are facing a 6-10 season or worse, Tomlin, LeBeau, Butler, and Colbert will survive. So I doubt that the senior coaching staff feels under the gun if they let Sanders go and it turns out to be a mistake. Offensive coaches might get fired, but they can be replaced.
That being said even if it could be short term bad, they’ve done pretty well drafting wide receivers in recent years and a sub .500 year once a decade isn’t the end of the world. I’m for taking the draft pick and rebuilding the team for 2014.
This is one only the Steelers can answer. If they have no hope of resigning him to a longer term deal. I think it would be best to let him walk and take the pick. A lame duck WR will not be as productive as he could be, if he is afraid to give his all and is worried about staying healthy for his upcoming free agent year. Or is unhappy with his role in the offense.
While true the coaching staff will be increasingly under the magnifying glass with another losing season, the fact remains as Bouchette and Dave mentioned, that if the Steelers match and Sanders walks next season, the Steelers lose the player and the 3rd round draft pick. Also, it’s rare to hear a teammate say a player is all but gone. Brown said that about Sanders so we have to believe there are forces at work here to make Sanders returning less likely.
I honestly don’t think the Steelers will match. The arguments made by Bouchette and others are compelling. The Steelers will take the 3rd round pick in a deep draft class. The Steelers are rebuilding no question.
All very true but the playbook is only a year old, and I doubt it was ever fully implemented anyway after the injury’s. Haleys style would benefit from more physical receivers, he may be part of why Sanders was dangled out there to begin with.
Agreed and Ben was on his way to statistically his best year and possible MVP before he got injured. Then when Brown went down for 4 weeks or so, Wallace and Sanders did basically nothing. Haley’s scheme is not the problem but getting certain players to drink the water last year was an issue. Can’t really blame that on Colbert, Coach T or Haley.
this is off season has just been disasterous. 2014, should be better.
Losing the last 3 of 4 games late last year and going 8-8 was worse. Deplorable…
What time do we have until to match?
i think its 11:59 pm est.
sanders turns into a patriot pumpkin at the stroke of midnight if they don’t match.
That’s pretty much my thinking on this as well. We can’t afford to sign him to an extension this year and likely wouldn’t be able to offer him enough as a FA next season to keep him around. I’d like to keep him but the Cap situation is making a 3rd Rd Pick who we can sign cheap & have for a least 3 years look a lot better than matching the $2.5mil this season & possibly not having enough $s to sign a FA like Bradshaw, Breaston, Starks, Hampton etc.
With an extra 3rd this year + another one next year for Wallace the Steelers have enough “ammo” to trade up in the 2nd Rd if they choose to, or they can stay put & get the extra picks.
Value in this years draft is in the middle rounds so I expect they’ll stay put.
The reality of the NFL is you get 4 years with your draft choises. If they are any good they will be offered top money, either by the Steelers: AB or by others: Miami and Wallace. Wallace and Pouncey have produced great results Sanders, Mendenhall so so. What is important is that we draft mature players, and I mean NFL savvy (Pouncey) because we have to get production out of our draft choices. This is my argument against LeBeaus complex defenses: by the time the players can operate comfortably in his schemes we will have to pay too much for them: Lewis with the results being that we get outcast veterans: Gay at the 4 year minimum rookie salary. I could care less about Sanders, what matters is if the Steelers can draft three of the top ten rookies in this years draft. Even the position doesn’t matter because in todays Nfl you can use any player who produces as a pawn to get the key missing pieces that you need. DeCastro can be a case study because I am positive that he will not be aSteeler in four years. We need to use him up and then dangle him for draft choices or key acquisitions. With other teams raiding our FAs that is agood sign that Colbert, FO, and Tomlin have been working hard in the off season and I am excited to see what this years draft holds…
The problem is Sanders is young. so to say we are rebuilding isn’t true because we are replacing young talented guys. Thats dumb not rebuilding.
It’s not about hope. If they don’t have a contact extension done today,let him walk.
I agree about keeping young talent. Drafting a good player is hit and miss. When Steelers draft a good players like Sanders and Lewis, they should keep them beyond their rookie contracts, not let them leave after they have been groomed into starters. Drafting another, cheaper player doesn’t easily replace the departed player because they have to start the grooming process over again and find out in 3 years whether the player can be a starter.
I thought Khan is a cap genius? not only can the steelers not afford to keep their young players they can’t afford to sign any decent players to plug all the holes in the team..might as well do a full rebuild and quit acting like they are trying to improve the team.
I think just the opposite. If he’s playing for a free agent contract next year, he has all kinds of incentive to produce.
excellent point but as they were quick to offer Brown a contract and not so fast with Sanders, it may be that they did not want to sign on for 4 more years, at least at any high cost. I do think Sanders can be a good receiver, great… well if anyone can max out a WR it is Brady time will tell. However they said right from the get go there will be big changes…. good…. 8-8 was from across the board problems, not jut injury’s.
I took big changes to mean replacing aging starters like Harrison, and overpaid players like Colon. Instead, they replaced young players who matured into starters — Lewis and Sanders.
Was disappointed to see lewis go as with him and Allen they looked to be set for Ikes departure. For me it was the worst loss of the off-season still do not understand it but whats done is done. Sanders on the other hand is in a different spot, he has potential, but in 3 years it never has shown on a big scale. Unlike a “D” back who has to learn to work as a unit, it should not take that long for a receiver to shine. Maybe he breaks out…. maybe he re-injures his foot…maybe he holds the ball better….
Just as, maybe… a high (not mid or late developmental) draft pick(s) comes out of the box and produces.
For sure tho is Sanders is very similar to Brown’s skill set, speed , and size.
Equally as sure you can draft 2 larger more physical receivers in the first 4 picks, still leaving room for choice of ILB, S, RB, with other 2
Well they matched
They announced 5 minutes ago that they are matching.
Sanders is staying.
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