Sunday, April 14, 2013
Steelers match offer for Sanders. What does it mean
The Steelers on Sunday matched New England's offer sheet for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
The move holds several meanings for the Steelers over the coming weeks.
First, wide receiver becomes less of a pressing need for the team heading into the draft later this month - at least in the short term.
The guess here is that now that Pittsburgh has kept Sanders, it will attempt to sign him to a long-term deal that will keep him past the 2013 season.
They dealt with Mike Wallace as a lame duck starter in 2012 at wideout and likely won't want to put themselves in a similar situation with Sanders. The two sides will have to come to an agreement that will pay Sanders starter money - not star money - but I look for that deal to get done.
Sanders' new contract also eats up an additional $1.2 million of salary cap space, leaving the Steelers just over $700,000 under the cap.
They will clear an additional $5.5 million once guard Willie Colon's release hits the books on June 1, but with so little cap space now, the Steelers appear to be out of the market for free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw - unless he goes into the summer unsigned.
Son of a bitch! NO!!!!!!!
Draft dries up Bradshaw’s current options
Posted by Mike Florio on April 27, 2013
On Friday, free-agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw received full clearance to resume football activities.
On Friday and Saturday, all teams that had interest in Bradshaw filled their needs via draft picks.
The interested teams were the Steelers, Packers, Broncos, and Bengals. And those four teams added a total of seven running backs in the last two days.
The Steelers selected Le’Veon Bell in round two. The Packers picked Eddie Lacy in round two and Johnathan Franklin in round four. The Broncos picked Montee Ball in round two. And the Bengals added Giovani Bernard in the second round, and Rex Burkhead in the sixth round.
The Steelers also signed former Cardinals running back La’Rod Stephens-Howling as a free agent on Friday.
So, basically, Bradshaw will likely have to wait for options to arise elsewhere. The good news is that injuries are inevitable, and eventually someone will need to give Bradshaw a call.