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 ESPN.com 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.