Just days after watching number two wide receiver Eric Decker bolt for the New York Jets in free agency, the Denver Broncos found his replacement. According to reports, Denver has agreed to terms with former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
Specifics of the deal were not immediately known, but Sanders was signed on to replace the departed Decker. Following a career year with the Steelers in 2013, Sanders was met by a lukewarm market thanks to a shaky injury history and subpar numbers through his first four NFL seasons.
Teams were specifically concerned about a bothersome foot injury Sanders dealth with in his final season with the Steelers, while it was arguably curious that his best season as a pro came in a contract season.
While there are questions surrounding Sanders, it’s a low risk, high upside move for the Broncos. They saved money by not over-paying to keep Decker, and they save some cash again here by getting a talented receiver for a solid price.
We saw firsthand in 2013 that Denver’s offense is explosive enough to feed up to 3-4 mouths handsomely. Even if Manning and co. don’t contend for another record-setting season of touchdowns and passing yardage, the production will still be top shelf and Sanders should do his part. He just needs to stay on the field.
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