Emmanuel Sanders (88) returns a kick-off against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Miami Dolphins won 34-28. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Emmanuel Sanders gets 3 years, $15 million from Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos signing of former Pittsburgh Steelers free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is a controversial one due to the actions of Sanders’s agent Steve Weinberg, and Kansas City Chiefs fans certainly feel stiffed and lost out on a solid WR who would have been a major upgrade for them. We knew the Broncos signed Sanders ever since it was reported last night, but now the Broncos have officially announced the move.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Sanders has indeed signed a three-year deal with the Broncos, and he adds that the deal is worth $15 million. $5 million per year is a fair price for a productive wideout, and Sanders should have a career year in Denver. He has the speed to take on the “burner” role that Eric Decker held last year, and he has the versatility to line up in the slot or on the outside. Is he better than Decker? No, but he has plenty of talent and isn’t getting paid like Decker either. Sanders is also a pretty darn good return man, and he can help out in that regard without former returner Trindon Holliday’s fumbles.

If Sanders can become more consistent and work on his hands, then he could be a very good player in this league. The 26-year-old SMU product had significant interest this offseason after catching 67 passes for 740 yards and six touchdowns last season, and I am expecting a breakout year as Peyton Manning’s new fourth Horseman (though Decker was above Julius Thomas on the totem pole last year).

His deal is reportedly pending a physical.

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  • Fred

    Oops…boy, this might cause a stir given he already “agreed in principle” with the Chiefs. Hey, I’m no lawyer and I don’t see any of that cash, but it’s got to rub the Chiefs the wrong way. As a Bucs fan, I was hoping he’d sign with them given he did visit, but he’s clearly making the rounds for the best deal. Rightfully so, given so many WRs on the market. Get while the gettins’ good. Denver got a got a good WR, but I am hoping the Bucs sign one soon so they don’t have to be forced to take one in the draft. I wonder who is left in FA that would be a good fit for the Bucs?

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Jerricho Cotchery, James Jones, Lance Moore, Robert Meachem, and Jason Avant are five names that I think Bucs fans should keep in mind at WR.

      Yeah, the Chiefs are clearly pissed about what transpired.

      • Fred

        Hmmm…not too familiar with Cotchery, but will do some research. Morr and Meacham also crossed my mind, especially being them ex-Saints. Jason Avant would be a great pick-up. Thanks for the insights.

        • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

          No problem. Avant has off-the-charts intangibles and great hands, but he is extremely slow. Bucs are looking for a reliable slot guy, so both he and Cotchery could fit. Avant figures to be cheaper but isn’t as productive.