The Steelers have allowed far better receivers go in FA than Sanders, most notably Burress and Holmes, I doubt they are losing sleep over Sanders testing the FA waters to see what turns up. On the other hand, if they thought they might let him go this year, why didn't they take the 3rd from the Patriots last year?
1.22) Alvin "Bud" Dupree, OLB/DE, Kentucky
2.56) Senquez Golson, CB/S, Ole Miss
3.87) Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
4.121) Doran Grant, CB, OSU
5.160) Jesse James, TE, PSU
6.199) Letterius Walton, DT, Central Michigan
6.212) Anthony Chickillo, DE, Miami
7.239) Gerod Holliman, FS, Louisville
"Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it." -- Chuck Noll
Have they declared whether Plaxico will be given another chance for next season or has he already retired or cut from the team yet ?
It also kept Ben happy...
He came around the 2nd half of the season...if Sanders were gone, maybe that doesn't happen....
Yes it sounds good to say the Steelers thought they had a legit run at the SB, but I don't believe that was the FO's thinking in the reason they wanted to retain Sanders. I think they thought they had a good #2. We can judge Sanders AFTER seeing him drop a couple of clutch passes and he seemed to have trouble with the deep pass this past year, but before this season played out, I think they just wanted to hold onto a player they thought could help the team, plus keep Ben happy like mentioned above.
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
they rented sanders for a year in exchange for a 3rd round pick. On a team with a roster full of holes.
They didn't exchange anything....
Besides, letting Sanders go would have created another hole...