Link: Why might Emmanuel Sanders be allowed to walk from the Steelers?

We ran across an article from Gerry Dulac at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in which he did a Q&A post and addressed Emmanuel Sanders’ status with the Steelers. We linked to it in one of our free agent pieces we wrote last week, but it seems that the story is being spun up by a number of sites based on Dulac’s opinion that Sanders won’t return to the Steelers for a “number of reasons.”

Here’s what Dulac wrote last week in his Steelers Q&A:

Mike from PA: Hey Gerry, if the Steelers let Emmanuel Sanders walk in free agency, do you see Pittsburgh trying to sign a free agent (Jeremy Maclin, Sidney Rice, etc.) in the offseason or stick with the five they have (AB, Cotchery, Wheaton, Moye, and Justin Brown)?

Gerry Dulac: I think they will stick with what they have, plus draft a tall receiver in the first or second round. I think they will let Sanders leave in free agency for a number of reasons and are perfectly comfortable thinking Markus Wheaton will not only replace him, but also be a much better receiver. Their intent is to take a tall receiver early — they have already indicated that to Ben Roethlisberger — another indication that Sanders will be gone.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

There’s nothing wrong with the story being spun up, that’s fine, but using the quote marks in subsequent articles like NFP and MassLive did makes the words look more official than maybe they should be intended to be for someone just skimming.

Dulac’s insight into why the Steelers don’t want to keep Sanders is helpful. Understanding that he’s not been as productive as those in the Steelers would have liked him to be and knowing that his size has limited him in that offense is helpful. It doesn’t necessarily mean that trend will continue if he goes to another team, but we as Jets fans should be wary of overpaying a player like Sanders and expecting more than second or third fiddle from a player like Sanders.





12 comments
MarshRandy
MarshRandy

I see them breaking our hearts in the first round and taking the receiver we want 3 picks ahead of us

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Who is pressing for Emmanuel Sanders?  Every other post is an article about this guy. 


juunit
juunit

Well a tall receiver at 15 would have to be Evans. Of course I kinda doubt they'd reveal their thinking that openly. Plus they don't have to take one in the first.

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

@jaygo +1. If they let someone go it's b/c they are deficient in some key area so if we really want to take the next step it's time to pick / draft your own talent. No more long contracts ala Holmes for castoffs.

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@jaygo I would be more interested in Miles Austin if the Cowboys cut him

bob
bob

@a57se


Ok then I just did . Sanders who?

marcus81
marcus81

@juunit Steelers have a lot of needs and are getting old, the Ravens are taking one of the top receivers in most mock drafts too, unless Jets luck out, the top 3 receivers will be gone, but should still be able to get one of the top TE's

jdb4
jdb4

@marcus81 @a57se 

Let him go.  Ben is a pretty damn good qb, it's not like Brady is going to suddenly be the renaissance Sanders needed.

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@marcus81 @juunitSteelers need OL help.  They need to protect Ben for the last half of his career