Late Friday night, the New Orleans Saints made one of the biggest moves of free agency thus far.
The Saints landed two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. According to a report from ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, Sanders agreed to a two-year contract worth $16 million – with incentives that can carry the contract to $19 million.
It’s a small price to pay for the talented wide receiver, especially given the context of others contracts dished out in free agency. The Chicago Bears are paying aging tight end Jimmy Graham the same amount.
All things considered, the Saints filled a position of absolute need while not paying through the nose to fill it. Schefter noted Sanders spoke with the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys before landing in New Orleans.
Emmanuel Sanders had appealing NFC options. Sanders spoke with the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers, but preferred to wind up with the New Orleans Saints, where he land d a two-year, $16 million deal worth up to $19 million.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 21, 2020
After rattling off three-straight seasons of over 1,000 receiving yards from 2014-16, Sanders has struggled to make much of an impact.
However, his quarterbacks during those games didn’t instill much confidence – to say the least. In nine games with the San Francisco 49ers, Sanders was on pace for 72 receptions for over 1,000 yards and six touchdowns.
Now he’ll have the opportunity to work with one of the most accurate quarterbacks in NFL history – Drew Brees. Sanders alongside star wide receiver Michael Thomas gives the Saints elite weapons on the outside.
A healthy Alvin Kamara shouldn’t hurt either.