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By Re-signing Julian Edelman, The Patriots Look Like They’re Over Emmanuel Sanders


The New England Patriots are definitely not taking off the first Saturday of the free agent signing period as just hours after it was announced they had signed former Seattle Seahawks defensive back Brandon Browner, it’s not being reported they have re-signed unrestricted free agent wide receiver Julian Edelman.

While it appears as though the Patriots still have a lot of cap space to work with, one would think by them re-signing Edelman that they don’t have any interest in signing Pittsburgh Steelers unrestricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who they signed to a one-year, $2.5 million restricted offer sheet last offseason. Just because it looks that way, however, means nothing when it comes to the Patriots.

With Edelman no longer on the free agent market, Sanders now moves up another rung on the available free agent wide receiver ladder. Not that it means anything, but NFL.com now ranks Sanders and Green Bay Packers unrestricted free agent James Jones as the top two available free agent wide receivers still on the market.

Sanders is visiting with the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, but being as they already have Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree, Quinton Patton and Jonathan Baldwin under contract, you would think Sanders wouldn’t receive much of an offer from them to be a third or fourth option.

Prior to visiting with the 49ers, Sanders visited with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs. Should he leave San Francisco unsigned, you have to wonder how many teams will still have interest in him outside of the New York Jets.

It’s still too early to tell, but if teams are indeed really worried about the past problems he’s had with his feet, he might just have to settle for a modest one-year deal from a team this year and try again next offseason. Who knows, maybe that team will be the Patriots.

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  • Steve

    Looks like the New Money Crew is getting Old rather quickly!

  • William Bigelow

    How the f@$k does New England have all this cap room ?!?!

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    I think Sanders is learning a bit of a lesson about his value this season. His demand was likely higher as an RFA last year, and he didn’t help it with his play last season.

  • george

    i was wondering that myself. Also where did Denver get all their cap space from?

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    For Denver, I think the Talib signing ate up so much that they couldn’t afford Dekker.

  • alex

    it would be really nice if, A) we could sign Cotch now and B) somebody finally overpay for Sanders so we can get another comp pic

  • Rob H

    Not surprising, NE saw his underwhelming performance this year and should have sent a thank you note to the Steelers for not taking their third round pick for him last year.
    The only thing that surprises me is when I see some Steeler fans that still think it would be a good idea to resign him (mind boggling)

  • shawn

    Sanders might be waking up to reality … I still think Sanders best fit would be with SF as the 3rd receiver for a modest contract !

  • William Bigelow

    Yeah, but they also signed Demarcus Ware & Aqib Talib

  • William Bigelow

    U forgot C, both A & B are correct …. Lol

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    I mentioned Talib. I hadn’t seen that they signed Ware.

  • steelster

    We had 110 million wrapped up in 2 linebackers not to mention another player that is how. We also have to keep paying for Woodley’s 2014 salary as you all know.

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