One fear many Steelers fans were wondering about appears to have come true.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Patriots have signed Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to a 1-year offer sheet.
According to the report from Schefter, the amount of that one year contract “shouldn’t scare the Steelers,” meaning, it could be reasonable enough for the Steelers to match, which would be a relief.
If they Steelers have five days to decide if they want to match the offer from New England. If they do not, they will get New England’s third-round pick in the draft taking place at the end of the month, the 91st overall pick.
The original tender that Sanders was given in free agency was worth $1.33 million.
Right now the Steelers have a little more than $2 million in cap space available, and now it appears if they want to keep Sanders, they will have to spend a bit of that on him.