Emmanuel Sanders Promises To Not Cheat His Teammates

A few days ago, Pittsburgh Steelers general manger Kevin Colbert said in a radio interview that while no contract extensions are currently in the works right now, there could be a few that get done between now and the start of the regular season. Whether or not wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders will be one of those players to get extended is yet to be seen, but the fourth-year wide receiver still maintains he\’s not too worried about it.

“If I am here, I am here. If I am not, I\’m not,” Sanders said recently, according to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I am not really worried about the business side of it. This is the one year that I have right now and I want to win a Super Bowl.”

Sanders claims he doesn\’t think about his contract situation right now after having his one-year, $2.5 million offer sheet given to him by the New England Patriots matched by the Steelers right at the deadline. He also promised that you will not see a difference in his play should he not get extended prior to the start of the season.

“I won\’t hold back because that\’s not who I am,” Sanders said via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I\’m not going to shy away from anything or try to cheat my teammates because of my selfishness.”

Whether or not the Steelers decide to extend Sanders over the course of the next few week might first come down to what they think about the future of sixth-round draft pick Justin Brown. It is pretty obvious that 2013 will more than likely be the final season in Pittsburgh for both Jerricho Cotchery and Plaxico Burress, so the Steelers need to know soon if the Oklahoma and Penn State product can be the No.3 in 2014 behind Antonio Brown and third-round draft pick Markus Wheaton. If the future doesn\’t look promising for him, they would likely have to draft another wide receiver early next year and fill in the holes with a few more low-priced free agents should a new deal with Sanders not get worked out.

The other half of the decision as to whether or not to extend Sanders will of course come down to his asking price and his agent Jordan Woy has already done his share of posturing ever since Sanders offer sheet was matched.

“It would have to be a very good deal for us to sign a multiyear agreement,” Woy said back in April.

As we sit here one month out from the start of the regular season, this could still go either way. If indeed Sanders winds up not getting extended, I certainly hope he keeps his promise of not holding back. If he does hold back, the Steelers will have big problems on offense until Wheaton is up to speed and ready to be a starter.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Personally, I would like to see Sanders, A. Brown, Wheaton, and J. Brown as our top 4 next year. J. Brown I think can be the Plax replacement. Sanders MUST raise his game and prove he can be the #2 guy for us.

  • cencalsteeler

    I am taking Sanders comments as he was referring to how Wallace handled himself last year…….Boy, am I glad he is gone!

  • Matt Searls

    I really hope we keep him. If we don’t wel have to draft a receiver in the top 3 again

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I am glad someone is learning from someones else’s mistakes or poor handling of past situations.

  • Michael Pearce

    I think Saunders learned a lot by hanging around with Wallace last year and all of it negative. He is not playing for loyalty anymore, just money. His agent also confirms that, saying that it will take a very good contract to keep him in Pittsburgh. I noticed a change in Saunders late last year when Wallace was pulling everyone down with his attitude. I would be shocked to see Saunders back after this year.

  • Andrew Grigsby

    Really hope, some how some way they sign Sanders to an extension. Really like him with the ball in his hands. You know Plax and Cotchery are gone after this yr. If not you have to draft another WR next spring and have some weak depth.

  • Gautama Om

    Not shocking that we have a bandwaggon affect after Wallace has left. You’d never see 8 votes up a year or so ago. Given a chance you’d get lynched if you said anything bad about him back then. How times have changed. lol

  • Fu-Schnickens

    This from a guy who has performed no better than third or fourth on the depth chart since becoming a Steeler. He’s been injured far too much. All of that and he gets a sizeable raise because the Patriots are desperate. Suddenly, he thinks he’s a hot item without even playing a down on his one-year deal which makes this a contract season for him. I’d say he, or rather, his agent is “cheating” the other guys on the team by not keeping their mouths collectively shut and playing ball first.

  • Fu-Schnickens

    Please do tell why he means that much to you that would it be so unthinkable if he were to pack his bags and leave. What, exactly, has he done that is so mind-numbing? I must have missed that game…

  • steeltown

    626yds last season as the #3 WR is pretty damn good, obviously his TD production needs to improve (but so does everyone not named Heath Miller) We’ll see what he does this year as the full time #2 you might be singing a different tune come next offseason

  • cencalsteeler

    Unfortunately, Wallace showed his true colors last year and we all wised up to the fact his heart was in his wallet rather than playing for the Steelers.