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    Quote Originally Posted by grotonsteel View Post
    Shamarko Thomas...they had a 3rd Rd grade on him.

    Steelers would have been forced to draft a WR early in the draft though.
    Perhaps they would have drafted Keenan Allen over Le'Veon Bell in round 2, like I was hoping for.
    Forced patriotism is an oxymoron.

    A government leader proclaiming that citizens have to stand proudly for the National Anthem or else they shouldn't be in the country sounds more like a mandated decree from a totalitarian dictator like Kim Jong Un rather than the leader of the Free World.

    Our ability to peacefully protest is a fundamental American right, and any attempt by our government to squash this freedom is what is truly dishonoring the liberty that our Star Spangled Banner symbolizes.

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    Emmanuel Sanders ‘wasn’t surprised’ Steelers matched New England’s offer

    By Neal Coolong on May 1 2013



    Appearing on ESPN’s First Take Wednesday, Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said he’s excited about the opportunity to start in Pittsburgh, and that he “wasn’t surprised” the Steelers matched the Patriots $2.5 million offer for one season.

    "I know my talent," Sanders said. "I'm really good when I get the opportunity."

    Sanders is thought to be the only player to ever sign a one-year offer sheet in restricted free agency. The Steelers matched it, just a few months after having offered him a $1.3 million original round (3rd) tender level as a RFA.

    He will likely be the Steelers' starting split end this season, barring a push from veteran Plaxico Burress or rookie Markus Wheaton. Burress, 35, isn't expected to challenge, and Wheaton's role will likely be at both split end and in the slot.

    He's also either begun or is continuing to refer to himself in the third person, which is always annoying and never a good sign about the long-term signing prospects of a player. When referring to his decision, as well as the one of former Steelers WR Mike Wallace, he noted it's all business.

    "I had to make the best decision for Emmanuel," he said. "And that's what Mike Wallace had to do. It's never about the team. Mike loves the Pittsburgh Steelers, and I love the Pittsburgh Steelers. It's business, it's nothing personal.

    "I'm happy but I'm sad that [Wallace] is gone, because that's my brother. We came in together, we worked hard together. But at the same time, I'm looking forward to being a starter."

    [URL]http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2013/5/1/4290576/emmanuel-sanders-steelers-offer-match-new-england-patriots[/URL]

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    He's also either begun or is continuing to refer to himself in the third person, which is always annoying and never a good sign about the long-term signing prospects of a player.
    Uh-oh.....

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