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Patriots sign Emmanuel Sanders to offer sheet

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01:31 PM ET 04.10 | The New England Patriots extended an offer sheet to Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, according to Jason La Confora. Sanders' agent later confirmed to LaCanfora that his client signed the offer sheet. Adam Schefter of ESPN adds that the Patriots offer is only for one year. Financial details of the offer have not been reported, but Schefter does not expect the financials to hold back Pittsburgh from trying to retain him via the team's right to match. Pittsburgh has five days to match the offer. If the Steelers let Sanders sign with New England, they would receive a third-round selection from the Patriots, reflecting the Steelers' RFA tender. Pittsburgh is up against the cap, making the situation somewhat tricky. The Steelers have roughly $2 million in cap space. Money can always be moved around, but the team has to be careful not to jeopardize future spending priorities. Pittsburgh lost quite a few players in recent years because of onerous contracts for players.

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April 10, 2013  01:39 PM ET

Damn!

April 10, 2013  01:44 PM ET

I like it.

April 10, 2013  01:48 PM ET

They also resigned Julian Edelman.

April 10, 2013  01:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

They also resigned Julian Edelman.

Still looking for the right combination of receivers.

I think Edelman is worth more as a Patriot than he would be anywhere else.

April 10, 2013  02:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Still looking for the right combination of receivers.I think Edelman is worth more as a Patriot than he would be anywhere else.

Looks like they aren't offering anything more than 1 yr deals to the FA wideouts.

April 10, 2013  02:54 PM ET

I'm sure Pittsburgh wants to keep him, but they are ill-equipped to do so. Great move by the Patriots.

They've already restructured a boatload of players, but right now Pittsburgh is probably calling whomever is left, trying to move some cap money around.

April 10, 2013  03:51 PM ET

Finally!!

April 10, 2013  03:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think Edelman is worth more as a Patriot than he would be anywhere else.

As so many Patriots appear to be.

April 10, 2013  04:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Damn!

Sounds like you've lost this guy.

April 10, 2013  04:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Damn!

Double Damn!!!

 
April 11, 2013  10:24 PM ET

Hot damn! But would rather see him go to the Jags.

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