AFC North Notes: Sanders, Cap, Weeden, Draft

The Steelers are prepared to let receiver Emmanuel Sanders test free agency, and do not expect to retain him, according to Scott Brown of Steelers GM Kevin Colbert expounded on Sanders’ value, and noted where he goes in free agency and what his market is we don’t know at this point, but he certainly performed for us last year, and we’ll see where it is in the future.”

Sanders had a nice season as a complementary receiver to Antonio Brown, catching 67 passes for 670 yards and six touchdowns. However, the Steelers don’t have much cap room with which to work, and they believe Markus Wheaton is ready to step into the number-two role. Our own Luke Adams put Sanders in the second tier of free agent receivers, and speculated that the Patriots could be interested in his services (as they were last season when they signed to him to an offer sheet, which the Steelers then matched), while we have also learned that the Jets covet Sanders.

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  1. connfyoozed .

    The increased salary cap is a huge break for the Steelers, and maybe to a lesser degree the Ravens. If my math is right, the new cap limit would leave the Steelers around $8 million over the cap, and $6 million of that will disappear when they release Levi Brown, which is a 99.9% certainty. Unlike previous years, the Steelers are really going to have to be at least somewhat active in free agency, as a couple of poor drafts have left them without replacements for all of their aging or ineffective veterans. With the higher salary cap, this at least seems feasible instead of wishful thinking.

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