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The New England Patriots have added another weapon to their offense, as they have signed restricted free agent WR Emmanuel Sanders to a one-year deal.
The news coming from Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports, states that the Patriots have submitted the offer and the Steelers will have five days to match it.
Emmanuel Sanders is likely headed to New England. (AP Photo)
For the Steelers, it’s bad news as they are right against the salary cap and likely will not be able to match the offer, sending Sanders to New England by default. They have just over $2 million in cap space that will make the offer hard to match. They’ll also need available money to pay for draft picks.
The Steelers will receive a third round pick for him as they placed a restricted tender on him.
Sanders enters his fourth year in the NFL and was set to emerge with the departure of Mike Wallace. He’s gathered just over 1,200 yards in his Steelers tenure and caught five touchdowns.
With his departure, the Steelers are very thin at WR. Antonio Brown becomes their main target and they’ll need to bulk up at the position with little to no money.
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year yesterday, according to Albert Breer of NFL.com. Now, the Steelers will
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— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 10, 2013
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