Emmanuel Sanders decision revisited

February, 20, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- During the 2013 NFL offseason, the Patriots inked Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, a restricted free agent at the time, to a one-year, $2.5 million offer sheet.

The Steelers had the opportunity to match the contract or receive the Patriots' third-round pick. Ultimately, they chose the former and kept Sanders.

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On Thursday morning, we asked Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert to take a look back on the decision to match the deal for Sanders with a one-year snapshot to evaluate.

"I think any decision you look back on, you start with where we were," he said. "We finished 8-8. In my opinion, none of the decisions were good enough because we weren't in the playoffs."

While Pittsburgh fell short of expectations as a team, Sanders set career highs in catches (67), yards (740) and touchdowns (six).

"Emmanuel came back and had a nice year for us, and we were happy to have him, and where he goes in free agency and what his market is, we don't know at this point, but he certainly performed for us last year," Colbert said. "And we'll see where it is in the future."

The 26-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year, and while the Patriots have business to take care of with one of their free-agent wide receivers in Julian Edelman, Sanders could reappear on their radar given the interest last offseason.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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