January 8, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (88) during the second quarter of the 2011 AFC wild card playoff game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Emmanuel Sanders Visits New England Patriots on Friday

The Pittsburgh Steelers slapped restricted free agent Emmanuel Sanders with the original pick tender, which is a risk for a player that has his type of upside. What the original pick tender means is that all a team would need to give up in order to land Sanders is a third-round pick and a new pay day. One team who appears to be seriously considering a run at Sanders is the New England Patriots.

Reports surfaced on Friday afternoon that the Patriots were bringing Sanders in for a visit.

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

As Schefter points out, the Steelers are in a tight cap situation and any reasonable offer from New England could be too much for Pittsburgh to match. If the Steelers lost both Sanders and Mike Wallace in the same offseason, their receiving corp would take a devastating hit.

All the while, New England would get a dynamic threat that has potential to develop into a true No. 1.

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