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Emmanuel Sanders reveals story of grandmother wanting him to play for Saints

Emmanuel Sanders, Saints

Emmanuel Sanders appears to have heeded the advice of his grandmother during his free agency process.

Sanders told Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Advocate his grandmother had been hoping Sanders would sign with either the New Orleans Saints or Houston Texans. Sanders ended up inking a two-year deal with the Saints on Saturday.

Apparently, Sanders’ grandmother has an affinity for Saints quarterback Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton. Not to mention, the Bellville, Texas native is likely to have some of his family members in attendance when the Saints play at the Superdome.

The Texans might have taken themselves out of the running for Sanders once they signed Randall Cobb. But the Cowboys showed early interest in the two-time Pro Bowler. Jane Slater of NFL Network reported the Cowboys hoped to sign Sanders as Cobb’s replacement in their passing attack. But Sanders instead elected to take his talents to New Orleans.

Sanders averaged nearly 14 yards per reception after he was traded from the Denver Broncos to the San Francisco 49ers. He proved to be a consistent deep threat in an offense that became increasingly more run-heavy as the season wore on.

Of course, the Saints decimate opposing defenses mostly through the air, which is good news for Sanders. Saints receiver Michael Thomas will also likely welcome this news, as he has a bona fide wideout lining up opposite his side of the field.

The fact the Saints are likely to contend for the Super Bowl next year probably weighed heavily in Sanders’ decision. But family incentives might have given him the extra push to head to New Orleans.