The New Orleans Saints made a huge move on Friday night to bolster their receiving corps, reportedly signing Pro Bowl receiver Emmanuel Sanders to a two-year, $16 million deal.
Sanders is coming off a 2019 season that saw him haul in 66 catches for 869 receiving yards with five touchdowns. Uniquely, he played in 20 games this year after being traded from the Denver Broncos to the San Francisco 49ers during a bye week.
The Saints are especially familiar with Sanders. The two-time Pro Bowl selection torched their secondary for 157 receiving yards and a touchdown in the 49ers’ memorable 48-46 win in New Orleans on Dec. 8.
Sanders received interest from the Dallas Cowboys and he was interested in returning to the 49ers, but an opportunity to be a part of Sean Payton’s offense and catch passes from Drew Brees won him over. After falling just short of winning his second Super Bowl ring, Sanders will have a great shot at redemption with the Saints.
After watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers land Tom Brady, the Saints just went out and made a big move of their own. One thing is for certain, the battle for the NFC South crown will be fun to watch this season and the two head-to-head battle between Brees and Brady will be must-see entertainment.