Report: Cowboys, Packers pursued Emmanuel Sanders before he chose Saints
The New Orleans Saints were able to land Emmanuel Sanders on Friday to give Drew Brees another weapon on offense. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers pursued Sanders, but he preferred the Saints.
Emmanuel Sanders had appealing NFC options. Sanders spoke with the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers, but preferred to wind up with the New Orleans Saints, where he land d a two-year, $16 million deal worth up to $19 million.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 21, 2020
Before finalizing a deal with New Orleans, Todd Archer of ESPN reported that the Cowboys were unwilling to pay the price that Sanders was seeking. On the other hand, the Packers were another team that spoke to the veteran wideout.
Nevertheless, Sanders ultimately chose to join the Saints and create a formidable duo with Michael Thomas. This past season, Sanders spent the majority of the year with the San Francisco 49ers following a trade from the Denver Broncos.
Over the course of his 10 starts with the 49ers, Sanders recorded 36 receptions for 502 yards and three touchdowns. With Sanders turning 33 years old just a few days ago, it appears that he was hoping to land one more payday in free agency.
After considering his options, Sanders seems to believe that the Saints give him the best chance to secure another Super Bowl ring. Earlier this week, the Saints came to terms with Drew Brees, giving New Orleans at least one more shot at another Lombardi trophy.
Throughout his career, Sanders has played with the likes of Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning. Now, he’ll get an opportunity to catch passes from Brees as he nears the end of his career. Rather than joining the Cowboys or Packers, Sanders will remain in the NFC, but with the Saints.