According to recent reports, the Buffalo Bills are set to sign wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to a deal. The details of the agreement have not been released yet. However, according to NFL Reporter Tom Pelissero, the deal hasn’t been made official since Sanders’ release isn’t official and won’t be until after 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The 33-year-old, who turns 34 tomorrow, is a seasoned vet that brings a lot to the table. Sanders has over 660 career receptions, 8,619 yards, and 47 touchdowns throughout his eleven-year career. Originally starting with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he then went on to win a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos, where he was eventually traded to San Francisco in 2019 halfway through the year and played last season in New Orleans.
In fact, Sanders was set to sign with Buffalo last year exactly on this date until the Bills acquired Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings.
“I spoke with the Bills for a little bit, and I told them, ‘Let me think about the idea, give me a night.’ And 30 minutes later the Stefon Diggs deal went through and I was like, ‘Okay.’”EMMANUEL SANDERS via the saints wire
Sanders is another veteran presence in the Bills locker room and will presumably fill the role once held by John Brown. This part may not be what the Bills had in mind last season, but will now serve most likely as Josh Allen’s #4 behind Gabriel Davis unless something changes.
Although he won’t be one of the big three Josh Allen will be throwing to, necessarily, this is a pretty solid signing for the Bills. He may not have a significant impact right away, but having someone who knows this league and position well is a huge plus. This will also be an even bigger plus if the deal is on the cheap side.
Sanders joins punter Matt Haack as the only two UFAs the Bills have signed. Expect more moves, maybe even some trades, within the next few hours.
Brandon Beane is starting to cook, folks. Get ready.