The Patriots are hosting restricted free agent Emmanuel Sanders on a visit at Gillette Stadium, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.
Sanders, who entered the NFL as a third-round draft choice of the Steelers in 2010 out of Southern Methodist, was tendered an offer worth $1.3 million by Pittsburgh. If the Patriots sign Sanders to an offer sheet, the Steelers could match it and retain him. If the Steelers don't match a potential Patriots offer, they would receive a third-round draft choice from New England.
The Steelers have been tight to the salary cap, so if the Patriots truly want Sanders, they could put together an offer that is a challenge for Pittsburgh to match.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Sanders played in all 16 games last season, with seven starts, and finished with a career-high 44 receptions for 626 yards (1 touchdown).