Emmanuel Sanders reveals how he signed with Saints
How did all of that come about?
Well, it seems like the Saints were his No. 1 choice all along, and once New Orleans made him an offer, it was over, Sanders confirmed on SiriusXM NFL Radio:
“Right when I saw the Saints offer, I talked to Sean Payton and told him I wanted to be a Saint … We made it happen. I was just ecstatic. I didn’t care to answer more calls from anybody.”
Sanders will give New Orleans a legitimate No. 2 receiver alongside of Michael Thomas, something the team has consistently lacked over the years.
The 33-year-old split the 2019 campaign between the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers, playing in 17 games in total. He began the year with the Broncos before being traded to the 49ers ahead of the Week 8 deadline.
On the season overall, Sanders hauled in 66 receptions for 869 yards and five touchdowns, which came as a surprise to many considering he had just torn his Achilles the previous December.
Sanders began his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010 and spent his first four seasons there before joining Denver in 2014.
In five-and-a-half years with the Broncos, Sanders made a pair of Pro Bowls and put together three straight 1,000-yard campaigns between 2014 and 2016. Most importantly, he helped Denver win a Super Bowl during the 2015-16 season.
Now, he will try to help the Saints get over the hump for the first time in over a decade.