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Steelers expected to match offer sheet for Emmanuel Sanders

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06:02 PM ET 04.10 | There hasn't been much news in terms of the Pittsburgh Steelers signing free agents, but they could be prepared to lose another one. Restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders caused a stir a few weeks ago when he visited the New England Patriots, and after some time has passed, it looks as if he could be catching passes from Tom Brady next season. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning that the Patriots submitted an offer a sheet for Sanders and is a one-year contract. The Patriots would have to send a third-round pick to Pittsburgh in exchange for Sanders if the Steelers don't match the offer. First is the obvious and that's the Steelers will have a hard time matching the deal. They have only $1.9 million in cap space and still have to find a way to sign draft picks after April's draft.

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April 10, 2013  11:08 PM ET

Headline says they're expected to match. Story claims they basically have no way to...

April 11, 2013  06:10 AM ET

The only way the Steelers can keep Sanders is if they do a multiple year contract and spread out the cap hit. Money to sign draft picks isn't an issue b/c about $6 mil comes off the books June 1 when Colon's cut becomes effective.

April 11, 2013  07:00 AM ET

Not seeing it. The Steelers like Sanders, but getting an extra 3rd in a what is projected to be an exceptional value round, plus erasing Sanders' current ~$1.5 hit on the books, is pure "Steelers math." That's why they gave him the low tender; if he absolutely fit in their plans, they would've tendered him higher.

April 11, 2013  07:49 AM ET

take the draft pick, please

April 11, 2013  07:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Not seeing it. The Steelers like Sanders, but getting an extra 3rd in a what is projected to be an exceptional value round, plus erasing Sanders' current ~$1.5 hit on the books, is pure "Steelers math." That's why they gave him the low tender; if he absolutely fit in their plans, they would've tendered him higher.

Exactly, they could have tendered him higher at little cost to them. They knew no one would jump and give a first rounder for him, but a third? that was the bait. They lose him in ufa next year for nothing in return, so, take the third now.

April 11, 2013  08:11 AM ET

So take the 3 pick, add it with yours to move up in round 2 and you have 3 picks in the first two rounds to get some guys you can use now. And draft picks are cheap, easy on your cap.

April 11, 2013  08:13 AM ET

THIS!

April 11, 2013  08:26 AM ET

This is brutal reporting. Steelers have 1.9 under cap but that already accounts for his ~$1.3 million restricted free agent tender....so they can easily match this. Also, with regards to paying their draft picks, the cutting of Willing Colon that's effective June 1st, gives them over $5 million (plenty) to pay their picks well in time for training camp. Whether they match is to be seen but they have plenty of money to do so, if they choose. PLEASE do your homework before writing error-filled posts.

April 11, 2013  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

This is brutal reporting. Steelers have 1.9 under cap but that already accounts for his ~$1.3 million restricted free agent tender....so they can easily match this. Also, with regards to paying their draft picks, the cutting of Willing Colon that's effective June 1st, gives them over $5 million (plenty) to pay their picks well in time for training camp. Whether they match is to be seen but they have plenty of money to do so, if they choose. PLEASE do your homework before writing error-filled posts.

You do realize that the source of this post is a Pittsburgh Sports blog, right???



Welcome to FN!!!!!

April 11, 2013  11:13 AM ET

Apparently the "Editors Role" was eliminated due to the Federal Govt Sequester Cuts. Would have expected a troll headline from Yahoo, but and SI network site? Sad.

April 11, 2013  11:17 AM ET

They'll be short on the receiving end if they don't.

April 11, 2013  11:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

You do realize that the source of this post is a Pittsburgh Sports blog, right???Welcome to FN!!!!!

Did you want to talk about scraped content? That makes this even more sad.....

April 11, 2013  12:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Apparently the "Editors Role" was eliminated due to the Federal Govt Sequester Cuts. Would have expected a troll headline from Yahoo, but and SI network site? Sad.

HAHAHA!

Wait! Fn HAD an Editor? I must've missed that???

April 11, 2013  10:16 PM ET

8-8 last year and next year could be worse. What exactly is the problem, players, GM, coach, or all 3?

April 11, 2013  11:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Headline says they're expected to match. Story claims they basically have no way to...

They will restructure Polamalu's contract and match the offer

April 11, 2013  11:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Headline says they're expected to match. Story claims they basically have no way to...

They can restructure Polamalu's contract and match the offer

April 12, 2013  09:52 AM ET

They will not restructure Polamalu's contract, and they will take the 3rd round pick. Sanders is oft injured and while he is good, they will take a WR in the draft and move forward.

 
April 12, 2013  05:53 PM ET

That overpaying for Antonio Brown is becoming a real headache for the Steelers. They should have signed Wallace, and then Sanders at a cheap deal like the offer sheet he has already signed. But instead, they signed their second best WR to a huge deal, lost their best WR, and will now likely lose another WR on their roster. Well done Steelers. Hopefully Antonio will have a good season to justify his contract, but nothing justifies this blunder. Well done, Steelers!

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