After reaching Super Bowl LIV with the San Francisco 49ers, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders signed with the New Orleans Saints to bolster their receiving corps.
This move comes as a huge pickup after two disappointing performances from the wide receiving group outside of All-Pro Michael Thomas. The New Orleans Saints desperately needed Sanders’ help.
ESPN’s Josina Anderson revealed that Sanders had notified her of the deal to New Orleans, after receiving interest from the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers.
The deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, is for two years and is worth $16 million, with up to $19 million in total earnings.
In October before the 2019 trade deadline, the 49ers traded a 2020 third- and a fourth-round pick to the Denver Broncos in exchange for Sanders and a 2020 fifth-round pick.
After the Super Bowl defeat, the rumor going around was that Sanders would be headed out of the Bay Area and that he would receive a hefty deal with his new team.
In 2019 with the 49ers, Sanders caught 36 passes for 502 yards and three touchdowns in ten games, including his outburst against the Saints in Week 14.
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San Francisco won 48-46 in a barn-burner, in large part due to Sanders’ unbelievable performance, snagging seven passes for 157 yards and a touchdown, plus a 35-yard touchdown pass on a trick play.
Adding Sanders makes the team even more dangerous, with his impact on the 49ers’ offense after his trade from the Broncos and his experience of playing on the game’s biggest stage just last season.
With past tryouts of wide receivers not coming into fruition, like Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, and Antonio Brown, New Orleans finally addressed an elephant in the room on offense, firing up the Who Dat Nation.
Now, general manager Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton can address other positions in the early part of the NFL Draft like a linebacker and offensive line.
A clear problem on the offense is now taken care of as the offseason progresses for the New Orleans Saints.