It’s been a tough offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as they’ve watched several key starters depart via free agency. They’ve already lost their leading receiver in Mike Wallace to the Miami Dolphins, and their third-leading receiver in tight end Heath Miller is coming off a torn ACL, and it’s unclear if he’ll be ready for the start of the 2013 season.
Well, their first big break has come, as they’ve opted to keep receiver Emmanuel Sanders:
Steelers have opted to match the $2.5M offer sheet the Pats extended to Emmanuel Sanders, keeping the WR
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 14, 2013
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had been lobbying coach Mike Tomlin to match the one-year, $2.5 million offer sheet that the Patriots, and that may have been hat finally pushed them to keep the fourth-year receiver out of SMU.
Last year, Sanders caught a career-high 44 passes, doubling his production from the previous season. He was also second on the team in punt returns (9 for 93 yards).