Dan Fetes of 13 WHAM was first to report that the Buffalo Bills are set to agree to terms on a deal with wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network confirmed the report and ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that Sanders has reached an agreement on a one-year, $6 million deal that includes another $500K in incentives.
Comp update: Bills and WR Emmanuel Sanders reached agreement on a one-year, $6 million deal that includes another $500K in incentives, per source. https://t.co/Oy7TGg3Ex3
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2021
This news does not come by surprise as the Bills were in the market for a pass catcher. According to NFL Network’s Michael Silver, Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski considering signing what was believed to be a one-year deal with his hometown Bills. Ultimately the future hall of famer decided to re-sign a one-year deal worth $10 million in Tampa Bay, running it back with the defending champs.
After missing out on Gronkowski, Buffalo was determined to add another weapon for quarterback Josh Allen, especially after the release of wide receiver John Brown. Sanders fits the bill… literally.
The two-time pro bowler will offer Allen another weapon in an already high-powered aerial attack. Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley will likely see a number of the targets but Sanders can play both the outside and the slot drawing favorable matchups against a no. 2 or no. 3 defensive back. If not, the 34-year-old wideout could take out the safety on plays opening up the middle of the field for Beasley, Diggs, or even 2019 draft pick Gabriel Davis.
Over the last two seasons, Sanders has racked up 1,595 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. Overall a nice pickup for the defending AFC East champs looking to make it past the AFC Championship game in the upcoming season.