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    You think that we're being gutted?



    The Patriots have just extended an offer sheet to Emmanual Sanders. The dollar amount is specified, but it has been disclosed as a one year. The Steelers will either lose him for a late 3rd rounder or have to shuffle around their roster some to match. They now only have one of their top 3 receivers left. This is on top of losing James Harrison, and the majority of their RB core.




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    Re: You think that we're being gutted?

    I love Patriot on Steeler Crime. My understanding is the Steelers are about $2M under the cap. If they match the offer they may have to cut somebody else to sign rookies. If they don't match, then the Patriots lose a 3rd round draft pick in a draft where I think they only have 4 picks anyway. They gave up picks this year to for Heynesworth and Ocho Cinco.

    If I am the Steelers I take the draft pick.




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    Re: You think that we're being gutted?

    I'd take the 3rd too and move on. They have cap problems as it is...
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    Re: You think that we're being gutted?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenswintitle View Post
    I'd take the 3rd too and move on. They have cap problems as it is...
    The report from Werder is that it is only about 700k more (the offer) and the Steelers will keep him. Not worth a LATE 3rd rounder for 700k and your starting WR.




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    Re: You think that we're being gutted?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tolucaraven View Post
    The report from Werder is that it is only about 700k more (the offer) and the Steelers will keep him. Not worth a LATE 3rd rounder for 700k and your starting WR.
    won't he want a big contract at the end of the season? I'd rather have the 3rd for long term success than a one year deal. Plus he has trouble staying healthy.

    He was a 3rd round pick to begin with... maybe I'm missing something
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    Re: You think that we're being gutted?

    Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 1m
    The offer sheet that Steelers RFA Emmanuel Sanders signed is worth 2.5 million. Steelers choice: match or get NE's third-round pick by Sun.




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    Re: You think that we're being gutted?

    Quote Originally Posted by somedumbguy View Post
    I love Patriot on Steeler Crime. My understanding is the Steelers are about $2M under the cap. If they match the offer they may have to cut somebody else to sign rookies. If they don't match, then the Patriots lose a 3rd round draft pick in a draft where I think they only have 4 picks anyway. They gave up picks this year to for Heynesworth and Ocho Cinco.

    If I am the Steelers I take the draft pick.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenswintitle View Post
    I'd take the 3rd too and move on. They have cap problems as it is...
    I agree, but it really isn't that simple. As of right now they've got 1 guy on their roster who has any legitimate playing time in the past couple of years. Sure, Plax is on the team and a vet receiver with a lot of experience, but he's slow and basically didn't play at all last year. Losing Sanders means they have to start all over again at WR because Antonio Brown is good, but he isn't a #1 guy. Neither was Sanders, but at least with Sanders and Brown you had two guys who have experience with Roethlisberger, with Haley, and were decent options.

    This is what happens to teams who try to hang onto the past. This is exactly what John Harbaugh was talking about when he said the one thing you can't do is try to keep everyone together. It just doesn't work.

    They still have issues on the OL. They still have issues at RB. They've got issues at TE since Heath Miller was injured late in the year (and he's not exactly young). They've got issues on the DL, they've got issues at LB, and in their secondary.

    I think the Steelers will still be competitive, but I could also very easily see them losing 8 - 10 games next year.
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    Re: You think that we're being gutted?

    Shitsburgh is in a rebuilding, rather those idiots want to admit it or not. Keeping and Restructuring is catching up to them. Seriously, they need help all over the place. They will most likely call Troy for a extension(wrong move again) and match Sanders. I don't care either way, I'm just enjoying the crying this week here. Take the pick and get a RB, they are going to draft a WR anyway. As long as its not Austin. They will still be tough to play, but boy I would love for them to lose about 8 -10 games. Purple Pride. Sqeelers Sucks




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    Re: You think that we're being gutted?

    I think they have to resign him, 3rd round picks make it a 3rd of the time on average, much less a later pick in that round. The draft is a total crapshoot.




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    Re: You think that we're being gutted?

    Quote Originally Posted by somedumbguy View Post
    I love Patriot on Steeler Crime. My understanding is the Steelers are about $2M under the cap. If they match the offer they may have to cut somebody else to sign rookies. If they don't match, then the Patriots lose a 3rd round draft pick in a draft where I think they only have 4 picks anyway. They gave up picks this year to for Heynesworth and Ocho Cinco.

    If I am the Steelers I take the draft pick.
    The Patriots are about $1.5 million under now. The Patriots currently hold a very late 1st round pick, very late 2nd round pick, and two 7th rounders. I'd imagine that they will find some way to trade back their early picks, but either way, they don't have much ammunition.




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    Re: You think that we're being gutted?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coastergenius View Post
    The Patriots are about $1.5 million under now. The Patriots currently hold a very late 1st round pick, very late 2nd round pick, and two 7th rounders. I'd imagine that they will find some way to trade back their early picks, but either way, they don't have much ammunition.


    They don't need much ammunition. Add another DB and they are in pretty good shape.




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    Re: You think that we're being gutted?

    You should hear the crys in this city. " we need him, we need cap space, call Troy for a pay cut, poor brown, damn NE". It's funny as hell to watch and listen to sqeelers country ready to burn the barn down.

    I for one hope he goes to NE, one least pick for them and one least WR for sqeelers. Now if we can only move up pass them for Austin

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    Quote Originally Posted by LukeDaniel View Post
    Okay, this is highly confusing.

    #1- what type of stupid offer is a $2.5/1year RFA offer sheet?

    #2- from the Steelers standpoint, this is a nobrainer. They aren't having to match a 5year-$25m contract. They are having to match a 1 year/2.5 contract. I'm guessing that Sanders was given a Round of Draft tender (hence the 3rd round pick), so matching the Patriots offer hurts their cap $1.2 million more. Not sure where the $700k estimate came from. The ROD tender (given to Dickson this year) is $1.3 approx., so this chews up $1.2 more in cap space.

    #3- From the Patriots standpoint, this is headshakingly stupid....or brilliant. If you are going to potentially forfeit your 3rd rounder in order to get a player, why on earth would you do it just to offer someone a one year contract. The general upside of signing a RFA to an offer sheet is that you replace a potentially unknown commodity draft pick for four years (their rookie contract) with a more stable, proven veteran for at least four years.

    #4- Perhaps this is a brilliant move by the Patriots after all. They knew that the Steelers would ABSOLUTELY 100% match such a small RFA offer to Sanders, given his talent and value at a very thin position. So, with little risk to actually truly forfeiting that 3rd round pick, they just forced the Steelers into using up another $1.2m in very limited cap space. If there was an organization to try something sneaky like this, it's definitely the Pats. The irony is that the Steelers made a mistake IMO by not giving Sanders a 2nd round tender to begin with, which opened the door for this happening in the first place. They were trying to be cheap and save a little money, but in the end they are going to have to pay more to Sanders ($2.5m) than they would have ($2.03) had they just slapped the 2nd round tender on him in the first place.

    5) Did Dickson sign his tender yet? If not, I would encourage the NE front office to try this same move with him.
    The word on the beat is that he Patriots likely have a long term deal ready to go with Sanders...that will lower his cap number from the $2.5 million cap hit if the Steelers don't match.

    The only reason they did it this way is because its not too high of a cap hit for them to carry for a couple days/weeks while they hammer out the longer term deal, but it's high enough to make the Steelers have to make a tough philosophical decision.

    The Steelers can match and probably lose him next year anyway while at best only receiving a low compensatory pick, or let him go a year early for a 3rd...but probably suffering a significant hole this year at WR.


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    Re: You think that we're being gutted?

    Good insight fellas, but either way, I'm laughing my ass off of this move. It's a sneaky move for sure, and that's what the sqeelers get. Sqeelers suck




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    Re: You think that we're being gutted?

    Is Sanders really a great receiver? I taunted a Steeler fan with this, but then immediately hoped they match it, simply because I think a 3rd round pick >>>> Sanders for them. It hurts them THIS year, but is better long term.

    From what I understand, they have enough room to match and make moves to stay okay, so it's really a question of Sanders vs 3rd round pick in 2013.
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