Schefter: Broncos expected to sign Emmanuel Sanders

Last updated: Mar 15, 2014 10:24 PM

The Broncos have reportedly emerged as a surprise suitor for ex-Steelers wideout Emmanuel Sanders, and Adam Schefter says they're expected to sign him.

Alex Marvez and Cecil Lammey confirm that the two sides have agreed to terms, but Aaron Wilson says the Chiefs may be making a late push to steal Sanders from under Denver's nose.

But Wilson's report may also just mean that Sanders canceled his visit to San Francisco and will head from KC to Denver tomorrow.

In addition to Kansas City, Sanders has visited with Jacksonville and Tampa Bay, and was said to have been seeking a deal commensurate with what Golden Tate got from Detroit (no chance).

Sanders (5-11, 180), who will turn 27 on Monday, was a third-round selection of Pittsburgh's out of Southern Methodist in 2010.

In four seasons with the team, he played in 56 games (19 starts), totaling 161 receptions, 2,030 yards, and 11 touchdowns.

New England signed him to a restricted offer sheet a year ago, but Pittsburgh matched the offer.

The speedster, who ran a 4.40-second forty at the combine four years ago, set career highs in catches, yards, and touchdowns in 2013.

He graded out at +1.5 overall in 810 snaps, with just five drops (18th best rate in the league).

Just yesterday, it was reported that teams had been shying away from Sanders due to health issues - he has a screw in each foot due to injuries suffered during SB 45.

ESPN's injury analyst says teams would potentially avoid giving a long-term contract to Sanders, but of course, there are no long term contracts in the NFL.

Sanders figures to step right into Denver's starting lineup as a cheaper replacement for Eric Decker, who signed with the Jets on Wednesday night.

According to Jason Fitzgerald's calculations, the Broncos have a touch under $12M in cap room prior to potentially adding Sanders. Of course, they can easily free up more by cutting Joel Dreessen ($2.5M) and/or Jacob Tamme ($3M) if needed.

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