Interesting thing on Twitter. Bouchette posted something on Sulia that refered to Sanders as a "Lame Duck" if they match & not extend.
Emmanuel Sanders@E_Sanders8817hLame duck huh? lol ok... JUST DISRESPECTFUL RT @EdBouchette: reasons #Steelers should let #Patriots have Sanders :http://sulia.com/my_thoughts/63574b63-c7c8-4805-af23-0727fee0b191/?source=twitter …
Clayton is reporting that there is a split in the FO re: Sanders:
I hope this comes down on the side of the pick.John Clayton @ClaytonESPN8m Steelers are 50-50 whether to match Emmanuel Sanders offer sheet. Some in org. want the 3rd round pick. Others want the player.
I would much rather have the pick and the extra cap space (to be used for, perhaps, Breaston and Bradshaw) than one year of a player who is likely to be disgruntled. Sanders will either play well and price himself out of the Steelers range or continue to perform at his current level (subpar #2, average #3) in which case, he is easily replaceable. If he isn't part of the long term plans, move on now and get something for him.
1. C.J. Mosley LB Alabama
2. Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
3. (comp) Philip Gaines CB Rice
4. Arthur Lynch TE Georgia
5. Ross Cockrell CB Duke
5. (comp) Derrick Hopkins DT Virginia Tech
6. Josh Mauro DE Stanford
6. (comp) Shaquil Barrett OLB Colorado State
7. Quincy Enunwa WR Nebraska
If the coaches want him, he's gone. If the front office wants him, then he'll stay. I think there's this unspoken FU to Tomlin and staff like there's been toward Ben for the last few years.
Everyone seems to think Wally and Mendy were the disgruntled locker room cancers. But I'm starting to think there's a bigger cancer and it's between the owner, coaches, and Ben. This team chemistry thing is bigger than the players. And it might turn out ok with old man Rooney back his break in Ireland.
I don't think it's just a coincidence that things starts busting apart at the seams when he left.