New Orleans Saints should take a flier on Emmanuel Sanders

Leigh Oleszczak
Emmanuel Sanders - Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Emmanuel Sanders - Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New Orleans Saints finally have their quarterback, now they need to add a wide receiver or two (or three or four). Emmanuel Sanders is someone they should reach out to.

Sanders, as most know, played for the Saints in the 2020 season and was cut last offseason to save money. Sanders did well during his lone season in New Orleans, grabbing 61 passes for 726 yards and five touchdowns through 14 games and five starts.

The former third-round pick signed with the Bills last offseason and had 42 catches for 626 yards and four touchdowns through 14 games and 13 starts. He wasn’t mesmerizing by any means but he was a nice weapon and his total would have been the second-most on the Saints roster last year (trailing only Marquez Callaway, who had just under 700 yards).

New Orleans Saints should bring back Emmanuel Sanders

These tweets from Jeff Nowak sum up my thoughts nicely. As he mentions, Sanders could retire, as he’s 35 years old and trending downward. If he is willing to return, however, why shouldn’t New Orleans throw their hat into the ring?

Nowak mentions how the Saints probably didn’t want to part ways with Sanders last year but didn’t have much of a choice. They could have really used Sanders’ services with Michael Thomas unavailable all year and had they known he wasn’t going to be able to play all year, Sanders might not have been let go even with how desperate the team was to save money.

If Sanders were to be signed by New Orleans, wide receiver no longer becomes a must-draft in the first round. It’d still be a smart business decision to do so but Sanders and Callaway are nice one-two punch behind Thomas on the depth chart.

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What do you think, Saints fans? Would you want to see the team bring back Emmanuel Sanders?

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