Pittsburgh Steelers Reportedly Match Patriots' Offer Sheet on Emmanuel Sanders
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the news Sunday:
Roethlisberger had already lost one of his top receivers earlier this offseason when the Miami Dolphins signed Mike Wallace and obviously didn't want to lose another, lobbying the team to keep Sanders.
Pittsburgh matched offer sheet for WR Emmanuel Sanders.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 14, 2013
Sanders caught 44 passes for 626 yards and one touchdown for the Steelers last year as the team's No. 3 receiver.
Did the Steelers make the right decision to pay Sanders, or should the team have saved its money and drafted a receiver in the first couple of rounds?
The former SMU standout improved dramatically in his third year with Pittsburgh, nearly doubling his yearly totals from his first two seasons with the club.
If his current trend holds steady, Sanders is due for a breakout season. If he gives the team production akin to what it lost when Wallace left town, he'll be well worth the $2.5 million contract.
Given this recent development, it seems highly unlikely that come April, Pittsburgh will target a wide receiver in Round 1. Instead, look for Pittsburgh to target a defender with its first-round pick and rely on Sanders and Brown to carry the bulk of its passing attack in 2013.
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