Jason La Canfora reports that the Patriots have submitted an offer sheet for Steelers restricted free agent WR Emmanuel Sanders.
Adam Schefter reports that the Patriots offer sheet is for just one year.
Schefter adds that the money involved “won’t be the determining factor.”
La Canfora mentions that the Steelers could approach S Troy Polamalu about restructuring his deal.
The Steelers will have five days to match the Patriots offer, but they’re currently working with close to $2 million in cap space. It’s worth noting that Sanders actually counts for $1.3 million of the team’s salary cap, which means they could match an offer up to $3.3 million or so.
Pittsburgh would receive New England’s third-round pick if they were to not match the offer sheet.
Mike Wallace has already departed for the Dolphins, so losing Sanders would be a much bigger loss for a team that appears to be hurting for talent at the offensive skill positions.
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