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Ben Roethlisberger lobbying to retain Emmanuel Sanders

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05:09 PM ET 04.13 | The Pittsburgh Steelers have until Sunday to decide whether or not to match the New England Patriots' offer sheet to restricted free agent Emmanuel Sanders. Many reports say the Steelers are 50-50 on the idea of whether to bring Sanders back or not, but if it were up to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, it would be a very easy decision. CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora reported Friday that Big Ben has lobbied coach Mike Tomlin and others within the Steelers organization to keep Sanders in black and gold. You can't blame Roethlisberger for being a bit nervous about losing another weapon. With Mike Wallace already bolting for the Miami Dolphins, if the Steelers elect to take the third-round pick and not match the offer sheet to Sanders, Big Ben will see a combined 108 catches, 1,462 yards and nine touchdowns from last season disappear within the span of a month. Sanders had career highs in receptions and yards in 2012, and he just turned 26.

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April 14, 2013  01:47 AM ET

Hell yeah he is and should be! Sanders may not have the stats that everyone wants to refer to, but Wallace and Brown were the primary targets last year. Sanders could improve his numbers with Wallace gone, and Ben needs two WRs to have the best chance to succeed.

Deadline is Sunday...

April 14, 2013  06:55 AM ET

Big Ben will see a combined 108 catches, 1,462 yards and nine touchdowns from last season disappear within the span of a month


Only one of those touchdowns being from Emmanuel Sanders.

April 14, 2013  06:56 AM ET

Sanders had career highs in receptions and yards in 2012


44 receptions and 626 yards... those are his career highs

April 14, 2013  06:58 AM ET

Notice how they don't provide his mediocre stat sheet.

April 14, 2013  08:37 AM ET

Maybe because they know if your not the primary target your stats are just numbers

April 14, 2013  08:38 AM ET

Take the pick and let him go. You don't rebuild your WR corps around guys like Sanders. He is a piece to a puzzle but you don't tie money up you don't have in him.

April 14, 2013  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Maybe because they know if your not the primary target your stats are just numbers

You are not a primary target for a reason. And, if you should become one, you get a lot more attention from the other team. Take the pick steelers, jeesh!

April 14, 2013  09:04 AM ET

Ben Roethlisrapist lobbying to retain Emmanuel Sanders and some underage women.

April 14, 2013  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Ben Roethlisrapist lobbying to retain Emmanuel Sanders and some underage women.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

April 14, 2013  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Take the pick and let him go. You don't rebuild your WR corps around guys like Sanders. He is a piece to a puzzle but you don't tie money up you don't have in him.

This!!!

April 14, 2013  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

You are not a primary target for a reason. And, if you should become one, you get a lot more attention from the other team. Take the pick steelers, jeesh!

I'm not a fan of the guy, I'm just saying stats aren't the be all end all

April 14, 2013  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I'm not a fan of the guy, I'm just saying stats aren't the be all end all

It is good for everybody to let him go. The Steelers get a quality pick for a guy they will lose next year for nothing. Package those 2 three picks, move up and get some fat boys to block or a wR if they like.

The pats recognize they stink at drafting and developing WRs, so they get a guy they can use. Win/win.

April 14, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I'm not a fan of the guy, I'm just saying stats aren't the be all end all

As a Giants fan I feel the same way about Cruz, and he is ten times the player Sanders is. If he is a problem to sign long term now, then he will be in the future. Take the one pick if anybody throws it out there.

Never saw a team fold yet because of some guy that moved on.

April 14, 2013  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

It is good for everybody to let him go. The Steelers get a quality pick for a guy they will lose next year for nothing. Package those 2 three picks, move up and get some fat boys to block or a wR if they like.The pats recognize they stink at drafting and developing WRs, so they get a guy they can use. Win/win.

This says it all 50, couldn't agree more.

April 14, 2013  12:08 PM ET

If Ben has no one to throw to then he better start learning how to run fast and hand the ball off.

 
April 16, 2013  01:17 PM ET

Big Ben knows that he only has a few years left in football. (3 or 4, maybe a bit longer if he's very lucky, but he takes a hell of a lot of hits to think about playing at 37 or 38. ) I think he'd rather focus on moving forward, rather than covering old territory with new guys.

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