Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, a restricted free agent, is visiting New England, a move that sparked speculation the Patriots would offer him a salary the cap-strapped Steelers could not afford to match. Legislating against this happening is that the Patriots would have to give up a third-round choice if they signed Sanders, and they already have only five picks in the upcoming draft.
By Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com
The Pittsburgh Steelers let go of wide receiver Mike Wallace in free agency in part because they knew they had Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders in place. But what if they can't keep Sanders.
The restricted free agent is making a rare RFA visit Friday to the New England Patriots. Restricted free agents rarely change teams these days, but the Patriots could use some of their salary-cap room to make a front-loaded offer which the Steelers find it tough to match.
Sanders could join the rebuilt Patriots wide receiver group alongside new signees Danny Amendola and Donald Jones, according to ESPN. New England's interest does not bode well for the future of Brandon Lloyd. The Patriots have to make a decision in the next week whether to give Lloyd his roster bonus or cut him loose.
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