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Report: Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders Could be on the Trading Block

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders could be on the trading block this season according to Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post.

Whether there will be a lot of interest around the league is another matter as the 30-year-old struggled to stay healthy in 2017. Since signing with the Broncos as a free agent in 2015, Sanders had reeled off three consecutuve 1000-yard plus seasons but this year he caught only 47 passes for 555 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games. Some of that downturn can be attributed to the abysmal QB play in Denver but there is a perception that Sanders’ play has deteriorated.

There is also some concern about a possible league suspension. Two felony sexual assault accusations were brought against Sanders but a grand jury “failed to find a bill of indictment” in January, meaning there was not enough evidence to bring charges. No details are available about the incident and, while Sanders is in the clear legally, the NFL is almost certain to be doing their own investigation (like in the Zeke Elliott case) and could hand down a suspension in 2018.

It is doubtful there will be a lot of interest around the league in giving up draft picks for Sanders given that he comes with all this baggage plus cap hits of $10.9 million and $12.9 million over the next two seasons. We doubt the Broncos would cut him outright given the lack of depth in their receiving corps but John Elway and company may ask him to take a pay cut in 2018. They could use the savings to pay someone actually competent to throw the ball to Sanders and his cohort Demaryius Thomas.

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