Why Pats are targeting WR Sanders

UPDATE: ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss examined the Pats' decision to sign RFA Emmanuel Sanders to an offer sheet. Among the six factors Reiss noted is the Pats' shoddy success rate at adding quality WRs via the draft. You can read his thoughts at the bottom of this post.


The New England Patriots have inked restricted free agent Emmanuel Sanders to an offer sheet, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Pittsburgh Steelers, who would get a third-rounder back should they not match the offer, are struggling to stay under their salary cap. However, Schefter doesn't think the money will be the sole factor in the Steelers' decision-making process.