REPORT: Emmanuel Sanders reaches shock deal to join Saints
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints will have another weapon on their roster, as veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has agreed to sign with the team on a two-year deal worth $16 million.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, The deal can go up to $19 million and will go through when Sanders passes a team physical.
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
After spending five and a half seasons with the Denver Broncos, the two-time Pro Bowler was traded at the deadline to the San Fransisco 49ers. Emmanuel Sanders became an important piece for a Niners team that made a Super Bowl appearance, recording 36 catches for 502 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games.
The Saints were in desperate need for a No. 2 option behind superstar wideout Michael Thomas who had 149 receptions in 2019 — 45 more than any other receiver on the season.
With a combined 869 yards and five touchdowns between two teams last season, Sanders has proven that he can be a reliable option for a team even at 33 years old.
Per Schefter, Sanders also spoke with the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys before deciding to sign with the Saints.
As for San Fransisco, the team will likely have to more heavily lean on All-Pro tight end George Kittle and 2019 rookie Deebo Samuel, who was second on the team with 802 receiving yards.
Sanders joins former Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and fullback Michael Burton as some of the Saints’ other free-agent acquisition.
Last season, the Saints finished with a 13-3 regular-season record before losing in the NFC Wild Card game to the Minnesota Vikings.