Emmanuel Sanders spoke during his introductory press conference with the Denver Broncos Sunday night about the controversy surrounding his, or rather his agent's free agency antics.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that Emmanuel Sanders' agent, Steve Weinberg, negotiated with theTampa Bay Buccaneers despite having an agreement in principle with the Kansas City Chiefs. Sanders also completely blew off a scheduled meeting with the 49ers in the process, before eventually winding up with the Denver Broncos.
The actions of Sanders and his agent have drawn criticism from NFL executives and fans alike, due to their lack of integrity in the negotiating process. One NFL exec even went as far as to say "this was one of the worst situations in modern football negotiations."
Sanders, for his part, refutes any allegations of misconduct or unfair play during negotiations with teams.
"The entire situation is a business ordeal that some people are turning into a personal matter, situations like that happen all the time over the National Football League...
There was no handshake, there was no kind of agreement in terms of -- you know -- we were close to a deal, but it wasn't anything official just yet.
Sanders went on to add that his agent did "an exceptional job" during the free agent process, and after leveraging a 3 year $15 million contract for a player who had 770 yards and 6 TD's last year with a history of injury issues, one might be inclined to agree with him.
What really happened between Sanders, his agent and other teams is probably something we'll never know, but this will certainly be one of the more memorable free agency negotiations, especially when you consider all this fuss is over a fairly average wide receiver in the grand scheme of things.
Oh and if any Steelers fan is looking for a tenuous reason to be disgruntled, Sanders also added that playing with Peyton Manning is like "wide receiver heaven".
I mean what's he trying to say, that Ben isn't elite or something?