The New York Jets announced late Wednesday night that they have come to terms with Denver Broncos unrestricted free agent wide receiver Eric Decker, so you have to think that puts Pittsburgh Steelers unrestricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders one step closer to finding a new home for 2014.
The Jets were rumored to have serious interest in Sanders well prior to the start of free agency, but it appears as though that was severely overblown. They could certainly still go after him now that they have Decker in the fold, but with so many needs at other positions and a deep wide receive draft class just a few months away from being center stage, the Jets might turn their attention elsewhere now in free agency.
Sanders isn’t being ignored completely, however, as he reportedly visited with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday. At the time of this post no deal has been reported.
At some point, you have to wonder if the Steelers currently have an offer on the table for Sanders and if they do, just how far below what he’s being offered from other teams is it. Decker reportedly received a five-year, $36.25 million deal from the Jets that included $15 million guaranteed and one would think there’s no way that Sanders will see that kind of money.
More than likely, several other teams are sitting patiently waiting for Sanders asking price to come down. Regardless, every day the SMU product remains unsigned can’t be considered a good thing and especially if those days carryover into the first weekend of the free agency signing period.