The New England Patriots have gone through a complete overhaul of their wide receiver corps this offseason as all the wide receivers that are currently under contract, not one of them caught a pass from Tom Brady last season.
Add another wide receiver to that list as the Patriots have reportedly signed restricted free agent Emmanuel Sanders to an offer sheet.
The way that restricted free agency works is that the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sanders’ current team, will now have five days to match New England’s offer and ultimately keep Sanders. However, Pittsburgh can simply decline to match the deal and will let Sanders join the Patriots. If Sanders does end up signing with New England, then the Patriots will forfeit a third-round pick to Pittsburgh.
The Patriots would only be left with two picks before the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Per Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk, the contract is a one-year deal and there hasn’t been any details released regarding the finical aspect of the contract.
Sanders played in 16 games this past season for the Steelers as he recorded 44 receptions on 74 targets for 626 yards while scoring one touchdown. The most impressive characteristic to Sanders’ game is his explosiveness as he averaged 14.2 yards per-reception while averaging 5.0 yards-after-catch.
If the Steelers don’t decide to match New England’s offer, then Sanders will join Danny Amendola, Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins as new-comers to New England’s revamped wide receiver corps.