Broncos Trade Emmanuel Sanders To 49ers

The Broncos have traded wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to the 49ers, according to Mike Klis of 9News (on Twitter). The deal will send Sanders and a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Niners with 2020 third- and fourth-round picks going to Denver, Adam Schefter of tweets

The trade talk around Sanders has been percolating for some time. The Niners, meanwhile, have been on the hunt for a game-changing wide receiver. Mohamed Sanu, one of the top available WRs leading up to the trade deadline, was snagged by the Patriots in a Tuesday morning trade. Instead, the 49ers pivoted to Sanders, who offers a lengthy playmaking resume.

Through seven games, Sanders has 30 catches for 367 yards and two touchdowns. While those aren’t bad numbers, he’ll aim to get back towards his old form. Last year, Sanders managed 71 catches for 868 yards and four touchdowns in just 12 games. In 2014, his first season with the Broncos, he set career highs of 101 grabs for 1,404 yards and nine TDs. Sanders’ best ball might be behind him, but he’s still plenty dangerous, the potential is there for him to be a difference-maker as one of Jimmy Garoppolo‘s top targets.

In this deal, the Broncos managed to acquire draft capital while giving up a 32-year-old player in the final year of his deal. It was a solid move for GM John Elway, who likely isn’t done working the phones. There’s still a week to go before the trade deadline and the Broncos are clearly willing to sell after their loss to the Patrick Mahomes-less Chiefs. At this point, all eyes are on cornerback Chris Harris Jr. Elway has implied that Harris, Von Miller, and Derek Wolfe are staying put, but he said roughly the same thing about all of the team’s big “names” just days ago, and that group certainly included Sanders.

Outside of tight end George Kittle, the Niners were lacking proven receiving talents. In fact, none of the 49ers wide receivers have eclipsed the 200-yard mark or scored more than one touchdown this season. Sanders knows a thing or two about finding the end zone, however – he’s scored 39 career touchdowns for the Steelers and Broncos across his NFL career. If Sanders can produce – and mentor Dante Pettis and Deebo Samuel – he’ll be well worth the price. The Niners will be in even better shape if Trent Taylor returns to action later this year.

Sanu and Sanders are spoken for, but A.J. Green (Bengals), Taylor Gabriel (Bears), and DeVante Parker (Dolphins) are still available for trade between now and Tuesday buzzer.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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38 comments on “Broncos Trade Emmanuel Sanders To 49ers

  1. Thronson5

    We needed this guy badly! Our WR play has been very bad and it’s causing Kittle to be double and Triple team. This isn’t going to fix all the problems in the pass game but should help a lot

      • Thronson5

        Yea thanks to the run game and the defense. Do you even watch them? Because I haven’t missed a single down and this is what they’ve been needing badly. This helps a lot.

        • Ironman_4life

          Im a chiefs fan from Santa Cruz. I have watched 4 of your games. There good. Wasn’t knocking you or your team. I think there really good.

        • tigerd7335

          I agree with you Ironman I have watched every down and have been saying all season we are a true number 1 WR and Corner away from a serious super bowl run I’m stoked on getting Sanders he got good hands and will ball out being the guy jimmy can rely on

          • tigerd7335

            Sorry meant I agree with Thornson Ironman hasn’t watched a down apperantly

      • myaccount

        They’re 6-0 but the Pats are 7-0 and no way they’re beating New England without making improvements. For that matter, I don’t even think they’ll have the opportunity to play New England without those improvements.

      • phillyballers

        When someone asks “who’s your team?” Do you tell them “well first, they aren’t MY team, I’m just a fan of watching the Dolphins”

      • Misterants

        Omg dude you’re dripping douche everywhere. Go act like a big hole somewhere else

    • Thronson5

      Hell yea, great trade! This was really needed. I think this will help Jimmy a lot.

    • Thronson5

      You can also kick rocks. I can say whatever the hell I want to say. I’ve stood with this team through good and bad for 32 years so if I chose to say WE I will will say WE. Don’t like it? Keep scrolling.

      • JoeBrady

        I always say ‘we’. It differentiates between a RS fan talking about the NYY, of a NYY fan talking about the NYY. ‘We’ makes it clearer that you are referring to your own team.

        I think it should be understood that the posters in here don’t work for the team.

    • braveshomer

      People have been saying WE forever when referring to their favorite teams. A lot of media journalists say WE when referring to the teams they cover, outside marketing for teams say WE….I hate when people have nothing better to do than nitpick someone else for saying we…get over it and find something more useful to complain about ahahah!

      • macdaddy96

        Seriously if that’s what ruffles your feathers then you should re evaluate yourself.

        • macdaddy96

          Good trade for the niners. Could actually see them re signing him for a year or two after the season if they like what they see.

          • Thronson5

            I think so too. Think if he works out they could actually move on from Goodwin and bring him back for a year. I think it Taylor and Hurd can come back healthy later this year or next year they’ll have a solid seat group with Sanders, Deebo, Hurd as that big body WR, Taylor as that slippery across the middle WR, Pettis if he can be more consistent and then Kittle who is a beast.

        • Thronson5

          Yea I just don’t understand people taking time out of their day to comment on something like that. There’s some people who love to correct others on here over the stupidest crap ever and to talk smack about a fan saying WE is ridiculous. This is my team, I am a huge fan, spend so much time and money invested into this team, give them my money every year on season tickets and have been a die hard fan for 32 years so I have every right to say WE just like everyone other fan had the same right even if they don’t go as far as I do with supporting their team.

          • crosseyedlemon

            To WE or not to WE…(especially after a few stadium beer)…that is the question.

  2. letmeclearmythroat74

    To call him “ Game Changing” is seriously over stating his value. He has aged and it shows and there’s some teams he would be a 3rd receiver, for example … Detroit, Cincinnati ( if AJ is healthy ) , Carolina , Cleveland , Minnesota… of course this is my opinion but I don’t think defenses will treat ES any different than they treat the current receivers in San Fran.

    • amk3510

      Yeah he would be the 4th best WR on the Rams. Guy is good but not that good.

    • myaccount

      I agree he’s been overvalued by San Francisco, but he’s going to draw more attention than Pettis, Samuel, Goodwin, or Bourne. He also rightly knocks those guys back a spot on the depth chart, potentially allowing them to find more success. Definitely still need a true #1 but they won’t have a chance to find that until next offseason, I’d assume.

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