Saturday, March 16, 2013
Hey, now! Hello, Tom?
By AJ Mass
Has New England decided to kick another wide receiver to the curb? Danny Amendola is in and Wes Welker is out, and now Brandon Lloyd may have one foot out the door as well.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Emmanuel Sanders has signed an offer sheet with the Patriots, leaving the Steelers with only five days to decide to match the offer of let Sanders go. If they do, New England would owe them a 2013 third-round pick.
Although Lloyd has been working on a reworked deal with the Patriots, Saturday brings with it a $3 million roster bonus. Terms of the offer to Sanders are unknown at this time, but the move certainly gives New England leverage in the talks with Lloyd in the short-term, and likely would not break the bank should the Steelers decide to pass on matching it.
It's a calculated risk for Bill Belichick and company. After all, having just lost Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh can ill-afford to take another potential starter out of the mix.