On the one hand, it may be annoying that we’re talking about a player that’s not on the San Francisco 49ers roster so much. On the other hand, maybe, just maybe, there’s a reason we’re doing that. Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has been linked to the Niners for a month now. From Ben Allbright to Adam Schefter, we’ve heard it all. On Tuesday morning, Allbright retweeted this tweet:
Have a feeling itll be Niners.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) September 30, 2019
That’s Ben’s way of saying it’s happening, basically. The great Jason LaCanfora chimed in as well:
I expect the 49ers to end up with Emmanuel Sanders in the next week. Were very much in on Sanu. Really want to add a pass catcher.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 22, 2019
We talked earlier about the Patriots, possibly setting the trade market for a wide receiver. If the Niners were in on Sanu, you’d think they’d be all over Sanders. Yes, he’s two years older, and Sanders is in the last year of his contract. The 49ers have the cap space to take on Sander’s $10.2 million cap hit for the remainder of the season.
As far as the asking price for Sanders goes, Allbright said that Denver is asking for a third-round pick. The 49ers aren’t the only team in on Sanders. The Packers, Panthers, and Saints are all interested as well. I’m not sure how fans feel about this, but acquiring Sanders not only strengthens San Francisco, but it keeps him away from another NFC contender. That’s a tiny piece of the pie in the grand scheme of things, but it’s no doubt a factor.
Sanders is catching 70% of the passes thrown his way this season and doesn’t have a drop. I’ve seen some fans say, “we need a big receiver.” I think the offense needs someone that can get open. I don’t care if he’s 6-foot-5 or 5-foot-5. Sanders can get open.
I won’t list the recent third-round draft picks by the 49ers because some scars may be too fresh still. Acquiring a veteran that improves your team for a third-round pick—a pick that will likely be a bottom ten pick in the third—feels like a move that you pull the trigger on. If you’re wondering how Shanahan feels about Sanders, here is a quote from December of 2018:
What Kyle Shanahan said on conf. call about Emmanuel Sanders today. This was before it was known Sanders suffered an Achilles injury. pic.twitter.com/5TSVsnm2Es— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) December 5, 2018
The 49ers don’t have to make a move. They have plenty going for them this season. Again, adding players that will improve your team right away and for the next few years shouldn’t be frowned upon. That’s why I’m in on this deal.
Do you pull the trigger on the deal?
Do you trade a 3rd for Sanders
This poll is closed
No, he’s not worth it
No, I’d use that for another WR