WR Emmanuel Sanders visiting Patriots

WR Emmanuel Sanders visiting Patriots
March 15, 2013, 12:00 pm
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The Patriots have already signed Danny Amendola and reportedly signed Donald Jones earlier on Friday, but they might not be done.

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders is visiting the Patriots today, Tom E. Curran confirms an ESPN report.

The 5-foot-11, 186-pound soon-to-be 26-year-old Sanders is a restricted free agent, tendered at the original round level which is a third-round pick.

In 16 games last season, Sanders caught 44 passes for 626 yards and a touchdown. During his three-year career, Sanders has played in 40 gams making 94 catches for 1,290 yards and five touchdowns. The Steelers have already lost Mike Wallace to the Dolphins, so Sanders looked to have an increased role for Pittsburgh in the upcoming year.

Rotoworld calls this a "power move" by New England.

Even low-level restricted free agents rarely escape their tendering team, but the Steelers find themselves in a mess of a cap situation. Sanders is tendered at the original-round level, which means the Patriots would only have to surrender a third-round pick if they signed him to an offer sheet Pittsburgh couldn't match. The Patriots — as you may have heard — have a ton of 2013 cap room left, and could offer a front-loaded deal Pittsburgh didn't have a legitimate chance of matching.