There is now a controversy surrounding wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Even though there was an apparent verbal agreement between the Kansas City Chiefs, the Denver Broncos signed Sanders to a three-year deal.
It is not a surprise that Sanders would want to be a member of the Broncos. With Peyton Manning throwing 55 touchdowns and passing for 5,477 yards in 2013, the former wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers would have a shot at having one of the best years of his career. When Eric Decker played for the Broncos, he scored a total of 24 touchdowns and totaled 2,652 receiving yards between the 2012 to 2013 seasons.
It is obvious that Manning has the ability to make any receiver better, and Sanders should be able to grow and improve with his new legendary signal caller.
At this point, the Chiefs would be able to file a grievance against Sanders, but it is not likely to bring the new receiver for the Broncos to Kansas City. Without any written documents, it will be hard to prove that there was any type of agreement. Visiting the Chiefs is not an indication that any type of deal was reached, and Sanders is virtually locked in at Denver.
While the Chiefs made great strides under Andy Reid, quarterback Alex Smith would not be able to provide Sanders with the type of season that Manning could. Smith is more of a game manager, and he prefers dump off passes to running backs and targeting tight ends than connecting with wide receivers.
Aside from running back Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe had the second most receiving yards for the Chiefs with 673. That is not a good indicator for the type of season that Sanders could have with Kansas City. It may be a messy situation, but Sanders made the best decision for his career.