Now that Von Miller’s monster contract extension is done, the Broncos will turn their attention to sealing up star wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
Sanders is on the final year of a three-year deal that’ll pay him about $5 million for 2016. However, the free market value of a receiver with his skills and resume is probably closer to twice that.
“I don’t know anything,” Sanders told the Denver Post. “I told my agent, ‘Don’t get me involved unless there’s something major.’ I just sit back, work out and the rest will take care of itself.”
However, he’s also making it very clear that he wants to remain in Denver.
“I mean this sincerely: The city of Denver has been really good to me,” he said. “I want to be a Bronco. I want to be a Bronco for a long time. I want to retire a Bronco. Hopefully everything works out. I’m sure both sides will come to something.”
NFL.com’s Kevin Patra notes that any deal might take a while:
"After focusing on Marshall and Miller, the attention turns to Sanders, but that doesn’t mean a deal will come to fruition anytime soon. The common factor in the past two deals — and you could throw in Demaryius Thomas last year — was that they came together only when a hard deadline necessitated a deal get done.There is no true deadline with Sanders until after the 2016 season."
Sanders was a fairly unremarkable third round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2010 NFL Draft and spent his first four years in the league with that team.
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In 2014, he was signed as a free agent to Denver and began to flourish almost immediately.
In his first season as a Bronco, Sanders caught 101 balls for 1,404 yards, averaging 13.9 yards per reception. He scored 9 touchdowns and was selected to the 2014 NFL Pro-Bowl.
Last season, Sanders continued to thrive with 76 catches for 1,135 yards, averaging a career-best 14.9 yards per reception.
He was also the leading receiver in the Broncos’ Super Bowl win, racking up 6 catches for a total of 83 yards.
Sportrac suggest Sanders might be looking forward to a 4 year deal worth about $46.5 million, based on comparable players who’ve recently signed NFL contracts.