Saturday, March 16, 2013
No offer sheet to Emmanuel Sanders (yet)
By Jamison Hensley
Emmanuel Sanders, the Pittsburgh Steelers' restricted free-agent wide receiver, has yet to receive an offer sheet from the New England Patriots after his visit Friday, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
That doesn't mean Sanders is definitely staying with the Steelers this season. Schefter pointed out that the Patriots are still deciding whether to extend an offer sheet to Sanders, who is expected to replace Mike Wallace for Pittsburgh this season.
While the Patriots could put together an offer that the cap-strapped Steelers couldn't match, New England has problems of its own with a shortage of draft picks. If the Patriots gave up a third-round pick for Sanders, which would be the compensation given to Pittsburgh, New England would be left with four picks in next month's draft and just two in the first six rounds. The Patriots used those other picks in trades for cornerback Aqib Talib (fourth round), defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (fifth round), and wide receiver Chad Johnson (sixth round).
In other news, the Steelers reached an agreement with tight end Matt Spaeth, according to ESPNChicago. Spaeth, 29, spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Steelers before playing for the Bears the past two seasons.
He provides depth for the Steelers, who are uncertain when tight end Heath Miller will come back from ACL surgery late in the season. In four seasons with Pittsburgh, Spaeth had 36 catches for 275 yards and five touchdowns. As those numbers indicate, he's more of a blocking tight end. He visited the Bengals on Friday before reaching a deal with Pittsburgh.