Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is the latest in free agents who have signed elsewhere. In a deal completed on Saturday, Sanders signed a new three-year deal with the Denver Broncos worth nearly $18 million according to NFL sources.
Prior to the 2013 NFL Season, Sanders was an unrestricted free agent whom the Steelers brought back to the team after the New England Patriots offered the receiver a $2.5 million contract. The Steelers matched the offer and Sanders caught 67 passes for 740 yards and six touchdowns in all 16 regular season games last season.
Hampered by injuries and questioned by some in the Steelers organization as losing a step due to injuries, Sanders dropped passes that many felt were catchable and caught a lot of online flak for poor performances. The Steelers opted to give fellow receiver Antonio Brown the higher-paying contract. The Steelers allowed Sanders to test free agency this past week.
After being associated with talk of possible moves to the Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sanders signed with the Broncos. Following the loss of veteran receiver Eric Decker, Sanders was signed after passing a team physical.