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Emmanuel Sanders likely to test free agency in 2014

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03:21 PM ET 05.26 | Emmanuel Sanders signed an offer sheet with the New England Patriots this offseason as a restricted free agent, but the Pittsburgh Steelers matched the contract to keep the speedy wide receiver under contract for another year. But according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, it will take a generous offer from the Steelers to keep Sanders from testing free agency when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2014.

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May 26, 2013  03:27 PM ET

Show me the money!!

May 26, 2013  03:53 PM ET

Emmanuel Sanders likely to test free agency in 2014

And there might be pop quizzes in 2013.

May 26, 2013  05:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why wouldn't he test the market?

IMO every player should. You're doing yourself a financial disservice not to.

May 26, 2013  07:16 PM ET

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette posts the incredibly obvious. Good job!

May 26, 2013  07:22 PM ET

Five years, $20-25 million would probably do the trick. Not gonna be able to do that until after all the draftees are signed though. At this point that kind of money is a gamble, and that's not usually the Steelers' style.

But if they wait to see how well he does as a starter, it might cost a whole lot more. Either way I hope he has a great year.

May 27, 2013  12:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Five years, $20-25 million would probably do the trick. Not gonna be able to do that until after all the draftees are signed though. At this point that kind of money is a gamble, and that's not usually the Steelers' style. But if they wait to see how well he does as a starter, it might cost a whole lot more. Either way I hope he has a great year.

Jayman, you make a good point - but most of the time (Wallace not included), players play better hungry. Give him a big contract now, before the season, and maybe he's not as hungry to perform. I know it could cost us, but I say let the season play out, see how the rookies do, and then make a decision after the season. If it means losing him, so be it, but who knows? By the end of the year, he might not even be a starter (top 2 receiver).

May 27, 2013  01:16 PM ET

Let him follow Wallace out the door. Guys need to buy into the Steelers way like guys do in New England. Anyone remember Yancey Thigpen in Tennessee? How about Eric Green in Miami? Mike Wallace will be the same with the Dolphins.

Guys have vanished off the map after leaving a winning program for the cash. The Steelers will keep drafting and developing. Brown is their best receiver and deserves the top dollar - everyone else fall into line.

May 27, 2013  01:17 PM ET

Forgot about Santonio Holmes as well. He loves getting ducks thrown his way by Mr. GQ. Shoulda stayed with Big Ben.

May 28, 2013  12:52 AM ET

The guy is overrated!...Let him test the market. He hasn't done anything yet. He has to have a monster year for the Steelers to keep him for big money...

 
May 28, 2013  11:30 AM ET

I still don't understand the offer sheet. The cost was not prohibitive yet the Patriots had plenty of cap room. Did they really want him or were they just messing with the Steelers?

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