The Denver Broncos and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders are close on many aspects of a new deal, according to 9News.com. The two sides are trying to get a contract extension done so it’s not an outstanding issue during the regular season.
According to the report, the Broncos and Sanders are “not far apart” in terms of average salary per season, but they haven’t come to terms on the structure of the deal, included how much of the contract is fully guaranteed. Of course, guaranteed dollars is usually a sticking point for contracts in the league so it’s nothing to overlook when considering how long this might drag on.
Sanders is the second receiver on the depth chart, behind Demaryius Thomas. He has performed very well since he left the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013, putting up 1,404 yards in 2014 and 1,135 yards in 2015. He also has 15 touchdowns in two seasons with the Broncos.
Before joining the Broncos, Sanders had never broke 800 yards in a season, despite playing four seasons with the Steelers. At 29 years old, he seems to be at his peak, as evidenced by the big numbers despite poor quarterback play last season.
These contract negotiations, as noted in the report, are nothing like those that occurred between the Broncos and their old No. 2 receiver, Eric Decker. After two 1,000-plus yards seasons with the Broncos, Decker wasn’t given a contract offer and instead signed a deal with the New York Jets.
Denver is in no hurry to give in to all of Sanders’ contract demands by any stretch of the imagination, but they are treating him a lot better than Decker. Sanders will likely remain with the Broncos for the next few years, but the contract talks have a long way to go with guaranteed money being the sticking point.
The Broncos are likely hesitant to give a lot of guaranteed money to a receiver who will be 30 next year. But Sanders does compare favorably to players like Doug Baldwin, Keenan Allen and Jeremy Maclin, who all earn at least $11 million per season.