Mohamed Sanu: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation on Free-Agent WR

Mike ChiariFeatured Columnist

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) scores a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
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Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has been with the Cincinnati Bengals for his entire four-year NFL career but is headed to a new home for next season.

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Sanu Signs With Falcons

Thursday, March 10

The Falcons announced Sanu's signing on Thursday. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the five-year deal was worth $32.5 million, with $14 million fully guaranteed. 

The signing was not without controversy: On Wednesday, Dianna Marie Russini of ESPN reported that Sanu was on his way to Atlanta to sign a contract with the Falcons worth $7 million per year. But Sanu denied he had signed anywhere.

“The plan is to fly to Atlanta tonight to visit the Falcons and then New England after," Sanu said, via Josina Anderson of ESPN.

Cole: Multiple Teams Interested in Sanu

Wednesday, March 9

Jason Cole of Bleacher Report reported the New York Giants, New England Patriots, Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were all interested in Sanu.

Sanu Unliklely to Re-Sign with Bengals

Friday, Feb. 19

According to Alex Marvez of, sources said there was "virtually no chance" of the Rutgers product re-signing with the Bengals.

Sanu Looking to Cash in on Career Year

Sanu enjoyed a career year in 2014 with 56 receptions for 790 yards and five touchdowns in 13 starts, but his production dropped off significantly in 2015.

With both wide receiver Marvin Jones and tight end Tyler Eifert healthy, Sanu fell on the totem pole and ended up with just 33 grabs for 394 yards and no touchdowns through the air, although he did find paydirt twice on the ground.

Due to the amount of weapons Sanu was forced to compete with for touches in Cincinnati, he admitted that signing with a different team is something he has already strongly considered, per Marvez"I think about that all the time. When you've got so much talent on one team, it's hard to get the ball. It definitely crossed my mind going elsewhere. We've just got to see how everything unfolds."

The 26-year-old former third-round pick has ideal size at 6'2" and 210 pounds, and he is extremely versatile due to his ability to catch, run and even pass when called upon.

Despite that, the odds of him being anything more than Cincinnati's sixth option on offense are low due to the presence of A.J. Green, Jones, Eifert, Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard.

He is likely talented enough to start for a number of teams across the NFL, though, which is why testing the free-agent market is such an attractive option.

Losing Sanu will certainly hurt Cincinnati's depth, but it should be able to absorb it, while Sanu undoubtedly has more to offer to another team than the Bengals allowed him to showcase in 2015.


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