Early on Wednesday news surfaced that the New England Patriots had signed Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to an offer sheet. While the Patriots could use some nifty language in the offer to make it difficult for the Steelers to match, Pittsburgh is expected to match the offer and keep Sanders suited up in the black and gold.
Per ESPN’s Ed Werder:
Expect Steelers to match Patriots offer sheet and retain WR Emmanual Sanders. He’s vital after loss of Mike Wallace and offer easy to match
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) April 10, 2013
When the Steelers lost Mike Wallace in free agency, they couldn’t afford to lose Sanders as well. The team is already lacking offensive playmakers, so keeping Sanders is key to their success in 2013.
Last season, Sanders caught 44 passes for 626 yards and one TD, but he is expected to take on a much bigger role.
Pittsburgh has until Monday to match the offer, but it looks like they will be doing everything in their power to make sure Sanders doesn’t leave town.