New Orleans Saints: Emmanuel Sanders has waited four years for pass-first offense

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The New Orleans Saints add the final piece to their lethal offense this offseason with the acquisition of wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

Emmanuel Sanders is just as excited to be joining the New Orleans Saints. Coming off a Super Bowl appearance with the San Francisco 49ers, Sanders was a critical piece of the Niners offense over the last few weeks, helping spur that Super Bowl run.

The 33-year-old signed a two-year, $16 million contract, one that Saints’ fans were thrilled to hear about. Sanders will join Michael Thomas, arguably the best receiver he’s played with throughout his ten-year career.

One full year with Peyton Manning during his time with the Denver Broncos, Sanders is thrilled to get back to a team that values passing the football. With Drew Brees under center, New Orleans is the definition of a pass-first offense.

"“I’m excited to be there in a pass-happy offense,” Sanders said with noticeable excitement. “That means everything. These are the types of offenses where you really can showcase your talent. I’ve waited almost four years, ever since 2014 with Peyton (Manning), to be back in a pass-happy offense.”"

He won’t be alongside just any quarterback though.

He’s been being thrown to by Drew Brees, a future first-ballot Hall of Famer. Brees has led the league in completion percentage each of the last three seasons, setting the single-game completion record this past season.

Along with numerous NFC South titles and one Super Bowl victory to his name, Brees will be looking to lead another charge, one that could end both his career and his quest for a second Super Bowl.

Sanders will be a key force in that run.

This past season, Sanders, as a part of the Broncos and 49ers, caught 97 passes for 869 yards. It was his seven consecutive seasons with at least 90 receptions. The two-time Pro Bowl has continued to age like fine wine in a league that oftentimes casts aside older receivers.

Sanders made an instant impact for the 49ers, and he’ll fill in nicely alongside Thomas. Not having a quality No. 2 receiver, the Saints will be looking for a burst of energy into their offense with Sanders’ addition.

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Sanders and the Saints were a match made in heaven and the two joining forces could result in the team’s first Super Bowl victory since 2009.

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