Report: Broncos expected to sign WR Emmanuel Sanders

By Ryan Wilson |

Emmanuel Sanders appears headed to Denver. (USATSI)
Emmanuel Sanders appears headed to Denver. (USATSI)

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Former Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is expected to sign with the Broncos, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who adds that neither the team nor Sanders' agent will confirm the news.

The Broncos chose not to re-sign No. 2 receiver Eric Decker, who inked a five-year, $36.25 million deal with the Jets earlier this week.

Sanders, who played in 16 games last season and caught 67 passes for 740 yards and six touchdowns, would not only complement Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker, but almost certainly see his production improve in a Peyton Manning-led offense. The 2010 third-round pick out of SMU ranked 71st in Football Outsiders' WR efficiency metric, just ahead of Robert Woods, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kenbrell Thompkins.

The Steelers were long shots to re-sign Sanders, and will likely re-up veteran Jerricho Cotchery and look to a deep draft class to add depth.

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