Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Steelers have retained wide
receiver Emmanuel Sanders after agreeing to match the offer he obtained from
the New England Patriots as a restricted free agent.
Sanders had signed a one-year contract, which the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
reported to be worth $2.5 million, with the AFC East champion Patriots on
Wednesday. The Steelers had until Sunday to decide whether or not to equal the
offer, and would have received New England's third-round pick in the upcoming
NFL Draft had they declined.
The 26-year-old Sanders is coming off the most productive of his three seasons
in Pittsburgh, recording 44 catches totaling 626 yards and one touchdown as
the team's primary slot receiver, and may be in line for a greater role in
2013 with speedster Mike Wallace signing with Miami as a free agent last
Pittsburgh originally had offered Sanders, who has compiled 94 catches for
1,290 yards and five touchdowns during his three-year tenure with the club, a
$1.323 restricted-free agent tenure.
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