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La Canfora Thinks The Patriots Might Want To Trade For Sanders


Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports is at it again. Sunday morning, La Canfora tweeted that If the Pittsburgh Steelers keep struggling, he thinks the New England Patriots will call about wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who they signed to an offer sheet this past offseason.

If you remember correctly, La Canfora wrote back in mid August that he thought the Steelers might trade away Jerricho Cotchery and we all knew that wouldn’t happen.

The Steelers chose to match the offer sheet Sanders signed in lieu of receiving a third-round draft pick, so unless they were to get that or more moving forward, they would be silly to trade him now.

Should Sanders move on during the offseason, the Steelers stand to receive a high compensatory draft for 2015 that more than likely would be of the third-round variety. It’s not like Sanders’ salary is killing them right now and without him they would be forced to play Cotchery or Derek Moye as the third wide receiver.

Besides, would the Patriots really trade away a draft pick now for a player that is willing to test the free agency market after the season? Just as the Steelers could lose him next offseason, so too could the Patriots. It just doesn’t sound like a move Bill Belichick would be willing to make.

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  • CrazyTerry

    What makes you think someone will sign Sanders to a high enough salary that the Steeelrs will get a good comp pick? NE is desperate noew because their WRs are worse than ours. This is the time to trade him if NE is still willing to offer a 3rd rounder and maybe a 5th rounder too?. Or if they can make it conditional that it will be a high 3rd rounder?

    They really messed up when they matched that offer sheet.

  • Eric

    I would prefer to be 2 – 2 by next week, but, if we go 0-4, we might as well clean house and get rid of all of the problem players and overpriced contracts.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Me too, but I honestly have never been impressed with Sanders. I want a big physical receiver brought into this team. The team needs someone like that.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I would move him for a 3rd right now if I could. Wheaton needs a role, Moye and Brown are good young receivers as well. If we are going to suck, and I’m not sure we will, but I prefer to do it with youth.

  • Eric

    If $anders leaves and/or Cotchery leaves, we got 6′ 3″ Justin Brown on the practice team and probably some low draft picks coming, so we might get another big receiver. I am still not ready to throw in the towel on this season. I am old enough to remember the 1976 season where we started 1-4 and then won 9 in a row including 5 shut outs with a rookie backup QB.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Uhm…Sanders is young and has experience…

  • Kenneth Wilt

    He has “experience”, but has never started prior to this year. I have never been sold on him. I just don’t like him that much and would have let him go in once he signed the contract, but that was just me.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I expect we are taking AT LEAST one WR in the draft next year. I don’t expect either of them back. With Brown potentially staying on the team next year, I would like to see 1 drafted and a couple signed as UFAs.

  • bgsteelfan

    So then our #2 would be… ? Wheaton isn’t ready for the role and Cotchery has never been a legit 2.

  • walter mason

    Yea Mel Blount came back. In those days we could win with a defense that produced turnovers and scored touchdowns.

  • Bell Cow

    If we start 1-3 or 0-4, I’d take the initiative and call New England to trade Sanders for a 2nd or 3rd round pick. Possibly even call around to see if anyone would trade a mid round pick next year for Marcus Gilbert. Oh, and I’d fire Todd Haley too …

  • AndyR34

    Thank goodness it’s just you and not the FO. Wheaton is not yet ready for prime time full time. Many drops in pre-season…three in one game against scrubs, I believe. Hasn’t shown the ability to block yet, nor that he fully understands the whole route tree. Fantasy football doesn’t prepare you for NFL decision-making!

  • Bell Cow

    100% agree.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Yep, he could be like Cotchery and not even TRY to catch the ball. I can live with mistakes like that with a rookie, not with a vet.

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    Trade the turd now

  • Sharif Muhammad

    That 3rd round draft pick is looking pretty good right about now. Sanders is not providing the production Brown did as the 2nd receiver….

  • Reader783

    Get what we can I say.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    I’m not a big supporter of Todd Haley, but, Jesus Christ himself could not call plays if both tackles whiff almost every single block.

    This 0-3 is on Rooney, Colbert, Tomlin, Haley…all the way down to Gilbert and Adams. Cut them both now, I’d rather pay Guy Whimper 800,000 to miss blocks all night long.

  • Chad H

    Can we get an OT for him?

  • Jason White

    I read some of the comments and I say wow! I know things are looking bad but damn we aren’t the browns. We don’t trade off players just for shits and giggles.

  • Bob Graff

    Cotchery has a 1,000 yard season under his belt. We have chosen not to use him in lieu of lessor talent. [btw don't even say the Steelers know how to judge talent it's there biggest weakness]

  • bgsteelfan

    1,000 yard seasons do not make a #2 WR. Plus, Cotchery is 6 seasons removed from that thousand, and if you saw how he played the last two games, barely looked like a legit #3, which is what he is.

  • Bob Graff

    he’s the only one that blocks from the WR spot. He has over 400 catches in his career and the Steelers have under used him. He’s a good player who doesn’t mine getting his nose dirty.

  • bgsteelfan

    I am not saying otherwise. But none of those things makes him a number 2. Particularly not when he has caused or nearly caused so many interceptions and incompletions this season. He played well in game 1, but the last two games he has left a lot to be desired.

  • Bob Graff

    4 targets 3 catches last game i wish they all played that good , btw 17 yards a catch

  • bgsteelfan

    He was also partly responsible for Wright’s pick six by giving up on the route and letting Wright get it. But stick with the stats alone by all means.

  • Bob Graff

    He has plenty of upside skill and experience. What maybe you would be happier watching Sanders miss another deep ball??? That’s a waste of time, and this thing with your 1, 2 and ect that’s B.S. too. who ever makes the catch is #1 on that play plain and simply. Why put labels on it?

  • bgsteelfan

    “who ever makes the catch is #1 on that play plain and simply. Why put labels on it?”

    Because Football. There are these things called plays, and positions, and routes, and defenses, and which receiver goes where and why are all part of that. This isn’t sandlot. I can’t help but think you you don’t understand the question at hand. You definitely don’t have a clue what upside means if you think it still applies to Cotchery. Explaining these things is getting too tedious. Although, frankly, I would rather watch Sanders miss another deep ball than watch Cotchery give up on a route and let it go for 6 the other way.

  • Bob Graff

    You sir do not know football, I bet you think Haley is a genius. Words like upside, pedigree , blue chipper ect are just reason coaches put players in who HAVEN’T WON THE JOB. It never use to be that way in Pittsburgh but we have chosen to bring in coaches that don’t do it the right way THE STEELER WAY which leaves us where we are at today.

  • bgsteelfan

    “You sir do not know football”

    Says the guy who doesn’t understand multiple reads on a play. Or that upside refers to the potential for a player to grow into. Nobody actually thinks Cotchery has any upside but you. The rest of us recognize what he is: a solid, aging #3 WR that has reached his ceiling.

  • Bob Graff

    Ranking WR 1,2,3 ect. is a different thing than going thru a progression. Again words like upside , potential and pedigree are excuses for playing someone who hasn’t earned it [Bell] for example. There are problems with the Steelers this is just one of them.This team is thin on talent.poorly coached and has lost it’s way. I said these same things after the preseason and everyone said they were saving it for the real games, that also was B.S.

  • bgsteelfan

    “There are problems with the Steelers this is just one of them.”

    This I largely agree with, though I think WR is one of our deeper groups, all things considered.

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