January 8, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders reacts after missing a catch during the second quarter of the 2011 AFC wild card playoff game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Denver defeated Pittsburgh 29-23 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers Expected to Match Patriots Offer Sheet For Emmanuel Sanders

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:

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.

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