Steelers set to decide on wide receiver today

PITTSBURGH – Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers will find out today whether or not the team is keeping wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

The New England Patriots made a contract offer to Sanders, the Steelers’ third-round draft pick out of SMU in 2010, earlier this week and Pittsburgh has until today to match it. New England is offering Sanders $2.5 million. If the Steelers decline, Pittsburgh will receive a third-round draft pick in the upcoming NFL Draft slated for April 25-27.

According to, the Steelers are tight against the cap and would have to pay double Sanders’ original salary to keep the 5-foot-11 wide receiver. The Steelers have already lost receiver Mike Wallace to the Miami Dolphins.

John Clayton of ESPN says it is “50-50” on whether the Steelers will keep Sanders because some within the organization want the draft pick. In his three seasons, Sanders has played in 40 games, caught 94 passes for 1,290 yards and five touchdowns.

Receivers currently on the 2013 roster are Antonio Brown, Jerricho Cotchery, Plaxico Burress, Derek Moye, Bert Reed, Kashif Moore and David Gilreath.

– From Mirror reports