Emmanuel Sanders Reportedly Gets Offer From Patriots

Restricted free agents rarely move around in the NFL. In fact, one has not switched teams in two years.

  • But that could change fast.

Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent Emmanuel Sanders visited with the New England Patriots today and according to several reports, he has received an offer.

As a restricted free agent the Steelers would have the right to match any offer for Emmanuel Sanders, but their salary cap situation might preclude them from doing so.

  • Or the Steelers could let Sanders walk, and get New England 3rd round pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

Losing Sanders would be a blow to the Steelers, virtually forcing them to take a wide receiver early in the draft. Sanders has shown himself to be an capable, if not quiet yet consistent receiver. He has also had injury issues.

As of 11:54 eastern time on Friday March 16th, neither the Post Gazette, nor Tribune Review, nor ESPN.com are reporting that Sanders has an offer.

However, Behind the Steel Curtain (full disclosure, I also write for BTSC) is reporting that the Sanders signing has been reported by “multiple sources” and that the offer is pending a physical, which is why it is not official.

Moreover, BTSC reports that a source inside the Steelers front office indicates that Sanders will be allowed to walk should the offer materialize.

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