Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders said he’s “not worried” about his contract situation and understands that “Von Miller is the focus” for the team right now, as they try to get a long-term deal in place before Friday’s deadline.
“Right now they are taking care of Von’s situation, which they should,” said Sanders, via Troy Renck of the Denver Post. “Supposedly an article came out saying they are holding contract talks with us right now. I don’t know anything. I told my agent, ‘Don’t get me involved unless there’s something major.’ I just sit back, work out and the rest will take care of itself.”
Last we heard, Mike Klis of 9 News reported that the Broncos had put contract talks with Sanders on hold. However, Klis says talks between the two parties are not off, but just on hold right now.
Before that, Renck mentioned that the two sides have had “good talks” with Sanders regarding a potential contract extension. Although, Renck pointed out that the recent contracts signed by receivers like Doug Baldwin and Keenan Allen have changed the landscape a bit.
The Seahawks gave Baldwin a four-year, $46 million extension a few weeks ago, which leaves him among the top six highest paid receivers in the NFL.
It seems likely that Sanders has his sights set on a similar contract to Baldwin’s new deal, and possible more.
Sanders has said previously that his “heart is in Denver” and he’s hoping to retire as a Bronco.
“Obviously, my heart is in Denver, this city has been so good to me beyond what I can explain,” Sanders said. “From the Broncos Huddle, being with you, to going out and seeing in my first year having so many jerseys, and having so many fans out here in this market. It’s just great to me.
“Who knows what’s going to happen with the contract situation. I want to retire a Bronco. I think everyone wants to know, but it’s all about being able to say, ‘I’m getting paid what I put out.’’
Sanders, 29, Sanders, 29, is a former third-round pick of the Steelers back in 2010. After playing out his rookie contract, Sanders signed a three-year, $15 million contract that included $6 million guaranteed.
He’s currently in the final year of the agreement and stands to make a base salary of $5 million for the 2016 season.
In 2015, Sanders appeared in 15 games for the Broncos and recorded 76 receptions for, 1,135 yards receiving and six touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 10 receiver out of 121 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding a new contract for Sanders as the news is available.