According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders verbally accepted deal from the Kansas City Chiefs prior to agreeing to a deal with the Denver Broncos and now several teams are very upset.
According to Rapoport, Sanders’ new agent, Steve Weinberg, accepted an offer in principle from the Chiefs on behalf of his client and then shopped that offer to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who Sanders had already visited with this past week. Weinberg reportedly never told the Buccaneers that he had accepted the Chiefs offer and then switched course and agreed to an offer with the Broncos, that Sanders is expected to sign soon.
If that’s not enough, Sanders apparently blew off the visit he had scheduled with the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday and that likely isn’t going over well with them.
Weinberg has a checkered past as he was recently reinstated by the NFLPA, which had barred and decertified him for a 2003 incident that consisted of him diverting assets to an offshore account during a dispute with a partner and collecting a fee from a client prematurely, according to Rapoport’s report.
Well, this certainly is interesting, but other than violating the honor system, it doesn’t sound like Sanders and his agent broke any rules. I’m sure we will be hearing much more about this over the course of the next few days.