Dec 22, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (88) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Pittsburgh won 38-31. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Emmanuel Sanders Won't Be Back With Steelers, Pats To Go After Him?


Dec 29, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (88) reacts on the field before playing the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

According to Chris Wesseling of, it appears that wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders will not be back in Pittsburgh next season. This prompts us to think that the Patriots may attempt to go after Sanders, especially considering the fact that they tried to reel him in last offseason. Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston said a couple of days ago that if the Steelers do in fact let Sanders walk, New England will probably go after him again. Here is what Reiss had to say on Sanders:

If the Patriots lose Julian Edelman, there’s little reason to think the Patriots wouldn’t show the same level of interest in Sanders again.

Assuming Sanders doesn’t demand a ridiculous contract, I see no reason why the Pats can’t try to sign him. He is a versatile guy, as he can play both on the inside, and outside the numbers. He also is much more explosive than a Julian Edelman, and even though I love Edelman, having someone like Sanders that can take the top off of the defense could help them come playoff time.

Sanders caught 67 passes, 740 yards and six touchdowns last year, it what was definitely his best year as a Steeler.

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