After all that, Emmanuel Sanders will stay in Pittsburgh.
At least for this season.
Glad the business side is out of the way. Now its back to playing football and bringing number 7 back to Pittsburgh. Love!!! #Steelernation— Emmanuel Sanders (@E_Sanders88) April 14, 2013
The Steelers matched the Patriots offer sheet for Emmanuel Sanders, retaining him for $2.5 million for this season.
The general consensus was the Steelers would not match the offer, and if he was going to remain in Pittsburgh, it'd be with a long-term deal.
In the end, Sanders is still scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the 2013 season.
Sanders has 94 catches, 1,290 yards and five touchdowns in his three-year career. He was a third round pick out of SMU in 2010. The Steelers would have received the Patriots' third round pick in exchange for Sanders in restricted free agency.
As it is, the Steelers have one more receiver on their roster they didn't initially think they'd have.
With the restricted free agency period ending April 19, it doesn't appear any other players will receive qualifying offers from another team.