Former Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders Gets Max Value Of 18 Million Over Three Years From Broncos

According to several media reports on Sunday, the three-year contract that former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders will sign with the Denver Broncos has a maximum value of $18 million and includes $6 million guaranteed.

Earlier reports had suggested that Sanders was looking for a contract similar to the five-year, $31.5 million deal former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate signed several days ago with the Detroit Lions. As you can clearly see, Sanders came close to the average value part, but being as Tate received $13.25 million guaranteed as part of his deal, Sanders didn’t even get half of that.

The Steelers were prepared to let Sanders walk all along and reportedly never even made him an offer to return to Pittsburgh.

Prior to signing with the Broncos, Sanders and his new agent reportedly verbally agreed to a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs and then shopped that deal to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While what his side did technically didn’t break any rules, it certainly broke the honor code and appears to have upset several team executives in the process.

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  • Superdriller316

    That equals out the Mitchell contract. Should have let him go last year and took the 3rd round pick.

  • srdan

    I disagree. We couldn’t afford to lose two receivers in one year. Much less could we afford to lose two players in teh secondary this year, hence Ike is still on the team.

    We should still get a comp pick for him. you have to weigh that into the equation. A third round pick that signed for a 6mm/y is a pretty high comp.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I said that at the time, as I figured the Steelers would kind of rebuild or retool as they say. In hindsight, obviously another young guy would have got more snaps to see if he’s got what it takes….. J. Brown or Moye. And that 3rd would look awfully good right now (in 2014).

  • srdan

    I don’t get why several executives should be upset by him having a deal and allowing other teams to bid it up. Isn’t that exactly what the teams do? Tell players that they can bring in someone else for a price?

  • Superdriller316

    His contract and Mitchell’s are about the same value. They cancel each other out.

  • srdan

    I misspoke then. I am sitll not sure how the comp picks work. If we didn’t lose manny, and signed mitchell, would we lose a pick to compensate the chargers/?

  • cencalsteeler

    Just had to share this quote from Rich Eisen- “Emmanuel Sanders also agreed to terms with the Wizards, Padres and Blackhawks last night.”

  • dgh57

    Wow! Way over paid this guy! Who knows maybe the thin air in Denver, a different offensive scheme, and P. Manning throwing to him maybe he’ll live up to his pay because we really need him to if we expect to get a good comp. pick for him.

  • Superdriller316

    I don’t think anyone knows how it works. I think the owners just get together and say, I lost him, him, and him worth this, this, and this. Give us #X, #X, and #X.

  • srdan

    “Ok, but your coach attempted a tackle, there fore we’re not giving you “#X”” lol

  • Superdriller316

    The bad part is that he missed the tackle.

  • Derick L Young

    at this point yeah I would have taken that 3rd round pick but then I did want Sanders back.

  • Derick L Young

    I wanna see what Wheaton can do with more playing time.

  • Superdriller316

    I wanted the pick. I liked Stedman Bailey from WVU. 114 catches, 1622 yds, 25 TD’s. Just so happens that he was picked after the Pats 3rd round pick.

  • gene mann

    your correct he really helped us to a 8-8 record

  • srdan

    I am not sure if I should dignify such responses.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    That was on the high side of what he was worth but I feel it was in the range of what he was going to get

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Me too!

  • CrazyTerry

    Lets see how Peyton feels throwing to a short guy who cant handle catching passes in traffic.

  • Steelers12328882

    Good for him. Hard to feel bitterness, since we all knew he was gone.

  • steelster

    Wheaton can bring it i live in Oregon and watched him play college ball. I’m a little concerned about his finger problem because he had surgery.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I have seen glimmers of greatness from him. Let’s hope he lives up to his potential. Needs to play, work hard and I know he will and then a little luck. Stay away from further injuries and such.

  • Aharon Moyer

    He has to handshake 18 million times or it’s not official.

  • walter mason

    another gold digger gone. I dont think Saunders cared where he went. Just show him the money.