Report: Past Foot Problems Might Prevent Steelers Free Agent WR Emmanuel Sanders From Getting Big Money

Pittsburgh Steelers unrestricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is reportedly visiting with the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday as he continues to shop his services for the 2014 season. Sanders has already made three other visits prior to heading out to the west coast and Scott Brown of reports teams might have medical concerns related to his feet that could be preventing him from getting the kind of money he’s seeking.

This very well could be the case as Sanders has previously had screws inserted in each of his feet following an in injury suffered a several years ago in the Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers. While he has played in all 16 regular season games over the course of the last two seasons, he reportedly had to leave the game last year against the Detroit Lions with some sort of foot injury.

According to Brown, Sanders is apparently seeking a contract similar to the one former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate signed with the Lions several days ago. That deal was for five-years and totaled out at $31.5 million. It also included $13.25 million guaranteed.

In addition to teams possibly being concerned about Sanders’ feet, the 2014 draft class is extremely deep this year, so teams are probably being real selective with the second-tier grouping of free agent wide receivers this offseason. On top of everything else, Sanders really only has one full season underneath his belt as a starter.

  • DoctorNoah

    Good but not that good. Like Wallace. Manny was not the clutch receiver that AB or JC were, and was a total waste on the long ball – never seemed to haul in a long pass.

  • Roberto Vaquero Bazán

    A dose of reality!

  • steeltown

    He wants $6+MIL a year… im sorry, I like Sanders ability to return kicks and his above avg blocking skills, but it doesn’t justify that much $$$ in my eyes

  • Nolrog

    There’s always a really stupid GM out there that will panic and over pay. I’m rooting very hard for that exact thing to happen.

  • dkoy85

    Thats a shame. You always hate to see injuries have an effect kn things like this.

  • Paddy

    Did he ever go deep, more of a possession guy

  • dgh57

    Sanders needs to factor in his lack of being a deep threat, lack of focus, and lack of sure hands into his asking price if he’s wanting teams to be clamoring for his services. Nothing he did last season merits him more than doubling his salary this year.

  • shawn

    By that report … i doubt its his feet that are the concern, i would think its the high asking price … no way does he belong anywhere near the 6mil/yr level … delusional comes to mind … 3-4 tops …and i would think thats not really good value at that !

  • shawn

    if anything … what he got last year was right about at his worth !

  • pat

    Think he might come back?

  • steelster

    Maybe sanders never completely recovered from his foot injury and it’s a chronic problem. After that injury I never thought he looked quite the same it was as if he lost a step.

  • Steve

    If we don’t get a WR in the draft they may take him back at a reduced rate, but Wouldn’t bank on it. Sanders had his moments but the 2.5mil he got last year was about what he is worth. That 3rd round pick from NE sure looks good about right now.

  • steelster

    We have wheaton, why would we ever bring sanders back. He had his chance last year and blew it we can do way better than him.

  • Steve

    Wheaton has finger problems, if they are not resolved, may never be the same person and not be able to make the clutch catch. Might be a good reason to pick up WR in the draft.

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    A lot of haters out there…67 catches & 740 yards is a very serviceable year. Granted he had some key drops but he is an above average (barely) but he knows the system and Ben knows him….the devil you know is often times better than the one you don’t. He can still elevate his game.