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Old 04-10-2013, 10:33 AM   #1
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Default Patriots Submit Offer Sheet to Emmanuel Sanders

Jason La Canfora ‏tweets the Patriots submitted an offer sheet to Sanders

Sanders visited the Pats early in the offseason and may wait to submit the sheet at a time when cap situation looks bleakest

The Steelers remain in a cap crunch, making them vulnerable, and, along with the 3rd round compensation made Sanders enticing as well

The Patriots just submitted an offer sheet on Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders. some actual restricted free agent movement. Wow


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So Brown, Cotchery and Burress as the three vets at WR for 2013 - yikes
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:38 AM   #2
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Jason La Canfora ‏tweets the Patriots submitted an offer sheet to Sanders

Sanders visited the Pats early in the offseason and may wait to submit the sheet at a time when cap situation looks bleakest

The Steelers remain in a cap crunch, making them vulnerable, and, along with the 3rd round compensation made Sanders enticing as well

The Patriots just submitted an offer sheet on Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders. some actual restricted free agent movement. Wow


https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora

So Brown, Cotchery and Burress as the three vets at WR for 2013 - yikes
If its true ill be sad to see him go but not heart broken.

Retaining him next year when he was going to be a Ufa was slim due to the cap, so getting a 3rd pick this year where I believe could be use to draft a sanders type isn't such a bad thing.
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:40 AM   #3
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Default Re: Patriots Submit Offer Sheet to Emmanuel Sanders

As I've said before, I like Sanders... but, he's not replaceable. More importantly, like Worilds, Sanders is a Catch-22 for the Steelers:

-If he has a great season, then he'll be too expensive to resign.

-If he has a bad season, likely, so will Pittsburgh's offense.

The fact that the Taperiots want him tells me that they see the potential that I see in Sanders. They did this same thing with Wes Welker... and I fully expect a poison pill in the contract (roster bonus of $200,000 for any games played in the state of Pennsylvania).

The good news: there are a ton of R3 WRs: Swope, Dobson, Stills, Wheaton...
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Default Re: Patriots Submit Offer Sheet to Emmanuel Sanders

I honestly think they might let him walk and get the extra third round pick.

Also, in my opinion, this just made receiver more of a priority than Safety. Woods, Rogers or Hunter in the second makes a lot of sense.

It also makes a lot of sense if they want to take someone like Kenny Vaccaro or Tavon Austin in the first, then they can trade up by using the Patriots' third round and their own second round pick to grab someone like Matt Elam in the beginning of the second round. This would address Wide Receiver and Safety which are two huge holes right now.
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I honestly think they might let him walk and get the extra third round pick.

Also, in my opinion, this just made receiver more of a priority than Safety. Woods, Rogers or Hunter in the second makes a lot of sense.
I don't think they'll have a choice. The Patriots have a lot more money than the Steelers.

Whatever.. Either way it makes the Steelers a weaker team in 2013. Maybe the 3rd round pick ends up being better than Sanders in the long run.. But for the time being, there's a very very slim chance a rookie 3rd rounder will have the kind of impact on this team that Sanders would have.

The Steelers are going to be a weaker team in 2013 than they were in 2012. Anyone who denies that is a blind homer. No rookie draft pool is going to come close to making up for the players lost this year.
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The good news: there are a ton of R3 WRs: Swope, Dobson, Stills, Wheaton...
Hey, I'll take 4 years of having swope than 1 year of sanders without hesitation
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Default Re: Patriots Submit Offer Sheet to Emmanuel Sanders

I like Sanders, but I think I would rather have the 3rd round pick to work with at this point.
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Default Re: Patriots Submit Offer Sheet to Emmanuel Sanders

letting him go would mean having to get a WR that is NFL ready, dont fancy going into the season with only Brown, Cotch and Plax. maybe taking a WR in the first couple of rounds wouldnt be such a bad thing specially with another decent pick in the bank to address other areas of need
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Default Re: Patriots Submit Offer Sheet to Emmanuel Sanders

Agreed 2013 is looking to be a down year - losing Sanders hurts but he was probably gone after 2013 anyhow and is not the only missing piece for a Super Bowl run

Unfortunately the only Pro Bowl level players in their prime are Timmons, Pouncey & Ben (I am not counting on Heath coming back at full strength this coming season) - not exactly the foundation for a deep playoff run

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But if the Patriots send the Steelers their third-round draft pick they’ll be almost out of ammunition in the draft: They’ve already traded away their fourth-round pick for Aqib Talib, their fifth-round pick for Albert Haynesworth and their sixth-round pick for Chad Ochocinco.

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