[QUOTE=JUST-PLAIN-NASTY;554265]Fair market value up front is more than they can afford...That is for sure.
If he signs an offer sheet and the Steelers don't match...Bring in Heyward Bey and see what he will sign for.[/QUOTE]
If this happens I would think you would agree they need to go with the more polished and NFL ready Keenan Allen over Cordarelle Patterson?
This could actually be a good thing for the Steelers. It just may allow them to also get LeVeon Bell.
Take the 3rd round pick and bring in a guy like Ramses Barden....
Wait a minute...it looks like the Pats* only have 5 picks in this draft...
[QUOTE]New England: (Traded 4th to TB, 5th to WAS, 6th to CIN, acquired 7th from TB)[/QUOTE]
I'm not much on keeping Sanders. He is streaky. I also find it interesting some bashing Wells for his injury issues are ignoring Sanders injury issues. Let him walk.
Unless there has been a rule change, an offer sheet may not be indicative of the Steelers ability to pay fair market value. The Pats* could put in a poison pill that would make the contract guaranteed like the Vikings did with Hutchinson a few years ago.
A couple of things here:
1. They signed WR Danny Amendola
2. Just signed Donald Jones WR Buffalo
3. Sanders has a starting role lined up here, in NE he wouldn't be guaranteed to start.
4. With him starting he has more chances of getting a bigger contract down the road as his receiving numbers should be much higher with starting.
5. I don't know if NE will go overboard to sign him.
6. Whatever the final numbers come down to, if not too far off we should match their offer, otherwise we go deeper in the hole on offense.
My position is he'll do better now being the second receiver as opposed to being third like last season, so his production should increase in the process.
7. If NE offers more than we can pay I'll understand, but at the same time I'm losing confidense that we'll be able to compete with so many obstacles in front of our offense.
No Heath in the beginning, Wallace gone, No feature back uncertainty at LT and if we lose Sanders it just weakens the offense even more.
Then I hear about players they talk to like Wells, it ticks me off. We BETTER get some playmakers on offense or we might just go to the circus the acts will be similar.
The NFL banned poison pills after Steve Hutchinson and Nate Burleson....they won't approve contracts with those provisions in there...if the NFL won't approve it, it is invalid...
What I said about Sanders agent very well could be what is going on. Don't JUMP all over this because I have no confirmed source. There has been some rumbling on Twitter that Butler got a contract offer from the Steelers. AGAIN...Just take that as word of mouth. It would have to be a pretty good deal. So Sanders & his agent see this and now want there due now. Setting up a visit and getting a number, not an offer sheet, could force the Steeler's hand. Problem is...Steelers could call your bluff.
[QUOTE=Slapstick;554281]The NFL banned poison pills after Steve Hutchinson and Nate Burleson....they won't approve contracts with those provisions in there...if the NFL won't approve it, it is invalid...[/QUOTE]
Thanks. I couldn't remember if that was the case or not.
Here is an interesting comparison:
Sanders' career stats: 94 catches, 1290 yards.
Welker's stats when acquired by Pats*: 96 catches, 1121 yards.
Welker was given a second round tender, and the Pats* traded a second and seventh rounder to acquire him. Would they make a similar deal for Sanders, perhaps offering a sweetener in a trade to avoid having the Steelers try to match?
[QUOTE=phillyesq;554276]Unless there has been a rule change, an offer sheet may not be indicative of the Steelers ability to pay fair market value. The Pats* could put in a poison pill that would make the contract guaranteed like the Vikings did with Hutchinson a few years ago.[/QUOTE]
I think what he meant was how it was structured. The Pats could structure the year 1 hit as the avg and the Steelers won't be able to match in 2013 without cutting players. For example, if the contract averages say 5 mil a year, year 1 of the Pats deal could be a cap hit of 5 mil. They Steelers may be able to give Sanders a contract matching the toal & avg of 5 mil but not give him a year 1 deal for 5 mil. I believe under the CBA, that would not be a posion pill because it dosesn't exceed the contract avg. Someone else in here may have the CBA resource to confirm. One part of that "poison pill" restriction was for teams front loading a contract that exceeded what it all averaged out to be because the knew the team couldn't absord that year 1 hit.