Emmanuel Sanders

The Steelers have announced they will be keeping WR Emmanuel Sanders, as they have matched the restricted free agents offer of a one-year deal for $2.5 million to the New England Patriots.

Keeping Sanders means the Steelers don’t get the Patriots’ third-round pick as compensation.

The Steelers tendered Sanders at his “original round” level (i.e. the round in which he was drafted). The tender came with a salary of $1.323 million, so the Patriots’ interest helped Sanders nearly double his salary for the 2013 season.

“Glad the business side is out of the way,” Sanders posted on Twitter. “Now it’s back to playing football and bringing (Super Bowl trophy) No. 7 back to Pittsburgh.”

The Steelers current wide out core includes Antonio Brown, Plaxico Burress, Jerricho Cotchery, David Gilreath and now Sanders.

Sanders has 1,290 yards receiving and five touchdowns in three seasons, but the Patriots projected using him on the outside, where he is expected to play with the Steelers.

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