It’s been an interesting offseason for the New England Patriots after parting ways with Wes Welker and signing Danny Amendola as his replacement in the passing game. On top of this, there’s no telling whether or not Rob Gronkowski will even be ready for the start of the 2013 season now that he may need surgery on his forearm again.
Clearly, nobody knows what to expect from the Patriots’ offense heading into next season as Tom Brady and company could be in for an adjustment period, but there may be some hope when it comes to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
New England has signed the wideout to an offer sheet for the 2013 season–which means the Pittsburgh Steelers have five days to decide on whether they want to match the offer or simply let him join the Patriots. Sanders’ numbers may not be anything to brag about over his first three seasons in the league with the Steelers as he’s coming off a 2012 season in which he caught 44 passes for 626 yards and one touchdown, but the argument can be made his numbers could improve with Brady throwing him the ball.
With all due respect to Ben Roethlisberger, it’s difficult to top having a quarterback like Brady and for a player like Sanders that has shown plenty of potential at times throughout his career–this could turn out to be a great move if he ends up in New England. Of course, all of this depends on whether or not Pittsburgh fights to keep Sanders around–so the next few days could be interesting.
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