The Broncos and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders have each submitted contract proposals, reports Mike Klis of 9NEWS (Twitter link), elaborating on his report earlier this month that Denver was engaged in extension talks with both Sanders and linebacker Brandon Marshall. Marshall agreed to a four-year, $32MM deal last week, and it looks as though Sanders could be the next Bronco to be extended, as sources recently told Connor Orr of NFL.com that Sanders is expected to be the next wideout to land a new deal.
The 29-year old Sanders is currently earning an average salary of $5MM as part of a three-year pact he signed prior to the 2014 season. The Broncos don’t have much 2016 cap space left (roughly $4.6MM), but they do have an ample amount in 2017, as their ~$63.2MM is currently second-most in the league. Denver general manager John Elway said earlier this year that the “ideal” scenario would be to lock up Sanders, Marshall, and Von Miller by mid-July, so the club is currently one-third of the way towards meeting that goal.
Sanders, for his part, has indicated that he’d like to retire as a Bronco, a claim that’s unsurprising given his success in the Mile High City over the past two seasons. Since 2014, Sanders has caught 177 passes for more than 2,500 yards, scoring 15 touchdowns during that time. Those numbers rank eighth, sixth, and 16th among all NFL wide receivers over that span, while Sanders places seventh in Pro Football Reference’s approximate value metric during that period.
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