The New England Patriots have reportedly signed Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, according to Adam Schefter.
Schefter stated on Twitter that the money offered to Sanders won’t “scare” the Steelers from matching the offer sheet, but they might be content taking the Patriots third round draft pick. The Patriots offer is reported as a one year deal worth approximately $4 million.
Sanders, who was selected by the Steelers in the third round of the 2010 draft out of SMU set career highs in catches and yards last season at 44 and 626 respectively. Overall, he has 94 catches for 1,290 yards and 5 touchdowns in his career.
The Patriots have a need at wide receiver after losing Wes Welker to the Broncos. Brandon Lloyd, who was brought in last season by New England was released after one season with the team. Another option at wide receiver was Julian Edelman, a seventh round pick by New England in 2009, but he has yet to resign.
It seems the Bill Belichick values Sanders more than a third round pick in this year’s draft, and he’s hoping Sanders can bring great value and production to a team depleted at wide receiver.