Oct 13, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (88) catches a touchdown pass during the second half of their game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. The Steelers defeated the Jets 19-6. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Emmanuel Sanders To Visit Chiefs Friday


Kansas City will host wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on Friday, according to Ian Rapoport. Here is the Twitter evidence of said report.

Sanders played for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season, recording 67 catches for 740 yards (11 ypc) and six touchdowns. PFF gave him a +1.5 overall grade and +2.2 receiving grade last season. Dwayne Bowe was the only Chiefs receiver to have a better overall grade than Sanders. Sanders’ receiving grade would have been the best on the team amongst receivers and second only to Jamaal Charles on the team.

He isn’t a big name guy but he is a quality outside receiver who would be an upgrade over Donnie Avery on the other side of Bowe. Should the Chiefs be able to pair a Sanders signing with Joe Morgan, another receiver the Chiefs have interest in, then the Chiefs would have a lot of flexibility with who they could potentially take with a draft pick.

If the goal is to use free agency to improve your team without killing your cap situation and creating the opportunity to take the best available players in the draft then Kansas City would be well on their way towards “winning” free agency if they can land some of their reported targets.

 

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  • tazer15

    Oh man please dont let this cat get out of KC! This would be huge!!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I’m trying to maintain my cool.

  • Andy

    You are right about this could effect who we draft, except if he signs for a year or two.

  • thabear04

    cut Donnie Avery and lets sign Emmanuel Sanders

  • Pealvin

    Would be a nice sign if it happens. I believe he is just as fast as Avery but with better hands and route running. We’ll see

  • chiefdeorty

    I was looking at a cap site and according to it I don’t see how we get this done and thats why i am glad we have Dorsey. It would be nice to get a guy who can make things happen going down field. This would free us up to in other areas in the draft which would help, I hope we can compete next year time will tell.

  • ILChiefan

    Would be nice to pick him up, possibly get a 5th for Avery, and come out very much ahead. A position upgrade, similar money, and an extra pick.

  • Dave

    Love the idea of him in KC. Crossing my fingers

  • unclejesse40

    A signing like this would be nice because it would allow the Chiefs the flexibility to trade out of the first round and pick up more picks. Which I think is huge in a deep draft like this one. All it takes is for one of these QB’s to slide and someone will be willing to get back up into the first round. I trust that Dorsey with more lower picks is a better situation than Pioli with less higher picks. Hope that makes sense, but I want Dorsey to have the ability to bring as many guys in to camp as possible, I trust his eye for talent.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      The Chiefs need to find a way to trade down no matter what happens. There are too many talented players to be had in the Top 100. I doubt they can regain the second rounder, but we should be able to trade back a few slots and pick up an extra third.

      • Bryan Staley

        Is there a way that the Chiefs would trade next years first rounder to get more picks in this years draft? This is a very deep draft and in my personal opinion, it would be worth trading next years first to someone like the Texans, Redskins, or another team with low round picks for their second, third and fourth picks this year and maybe another fourth or fifth next year!! We would benefit more getting both Stephon Tuitt and Beckham Jr or Jordan Matthews on our roster this year……..

        Thoughts??

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Don’t like the idea of sacrificing future picks. I’d prefer we just traded down (if possible).

          • Bryan Staley

            And if not possible we just stay with what we have? You can very easily get 1st round talent this year in the second round and quite possibly the third round. It just seems to make sense to me. We had the first overall pick last year and drafted what Mel Kiper believes would be the 4th or 5th OT taken this year. I would definitely be happy with trading a future first rounder to possibly pick up players like Tuitt, Beckham Jr, Matthews, Abbrederis, Moncreif, Su’a-filo, Kouandjio or other players that are comparable!! I hate the idea of possibly slipping down to a 7-9 team after we just went 11-5!!

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I wouldn’t stop trying to find an affordable receiver option in free agency. There is a TON of talent in the draft class. Just remember that wide receiver is one of the toughest positions to transition into the NFL from. We may not see an immediate return, even on a guy like Beckham. I think this receiver corps needs to get better right away. I’m not opposed to drafting one, but I also wouldn’t mind at least one in free agency.

          • Bryan Staley

            I realize that but having the opportunity to get one of those talents plus the talents of Tuitt, Su’a-filo or Kouandjio too……
            You gotta admit, it would be awesome!!

      • Tony Parker

        Trade Flowers for a 2nd, or Hali, maybe both, viola. At least a couple of thirds and trade up into 2nd.
        How about trading Chase while were at it….

        • Stacy D. Smith

          No way I’d trade Hali. I would move Flowers, but I think we’d be lucky to get a 3rd for him (I’d guess he’d only fetch an R4 pick). Chase hasn’t done anything to warrant draft pick compensation in a trade.

          • Tony Parker

            Why not Hali? trade him while you can get something for him, before his motor runs dry, not that far away btw. As far as Chase, I would entertain offers, lots of teams need a qb, either as a starter or a backup. Drafts like this one don’t come along that often and I would get as many picks as I could, gives us more flexibility.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Who’s going to replace those 11 sacks he registered in 2013? We have to prepare for his departure (possibly in 2015), but I wouldn’t do it until I had drafted an OLB and given him a year to prep.

            Nobody wants Chase Daniel. Not for draft pick compensation.

          • Tony Parker

            Lets call a spade a spade here Stacy. All those sacks were coverage sacks against poor QB’s. All the talk of Hali getting mugged and clotheslined and such was simply him not being able to shake it off last year.
            When you can get the most for a certain player who is beginning to lose a step, than you should do that rather than holding on to them. Right now we could get more for him than we can in a year or two, wouldn’t you agree? Especially with the demand dropping for older veterans such as Hali is getting to be. “Get while the getting’s good”
            Don’t get me wrong here, I would love to have him stay in KC but the best interest in the club may be to trade him now for picks, in this, the deepest draft in years and we could certainly use extra picks btw.
            Start getting younger, especially at the OLB position.
            Hypothetically, what do you think we could get if we were to Trade him prior to the draft??

          • Stacy D. Smith

            You just attributed 11 sacks to pass coverage. I’m at a loss for words.

  • berttheclock

    Excels at crossing routes when he has an accurate QB.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Everybody needs to have their fingers crossed today. This would be one of the Chiefs’ best free agent acquisitions in years. He’ll be just 27 on Monday. He’s an ascending player with great speed and good hands. He has the potential to be a legitimate No. 1 receiver. If his demands are reasonable, Reid and Dorsey simply cannot allow him to leave without a contract.

    • berttheclock

      Agreed. But, why has there been so little on, either, AA or A Pride about the Chiefs attending Pro Days. I know they have sent reps to some of those, but, only by reading nfl network or CBS/sports/nfl and seeing, such as yesterday at Oklahoma State that all 32 teams were there. Yesterday, a fellow at one of those sites said 30 out of 32 teams had been at the Nike Pro Day to see a very fast Thomas improve his 40 times from the Combine. That writer, who would fit in with the low math skills at Nike U, called the number of NFL teams there at “about two thirds”. Of course, he, apparently, has not had to hike from 67% to almost 94% very often. However, what I find interesting about the various Pro Days is not, necessarily, the one star player involved, but, some of the guys who put together very good production, especially, if they had not attended the combine. To know the Chiefs had been there, it would give more insight as to the players and positions management really feels a need to inspect. BTW, there was a really tough safety at the Oklahoma State workout and he, probably, would be out of reach by the Chiefs. Of course, the big star was Gilbert. Remember this about Pro Days. When everyone in the NFL attended the Luck Pro Day at Stanford, Schneider and his merry men took very long looks at both Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        It can be tough to keep up with all Chiefs-related news over the first three days of free agency. There’s so much news coming in, it becomes the dominant subject just about everywhere. We’re working hard to provide the best coverage possible though! Stick with us!

        I believe the Chiefs recently attended Wyoming’s pro day, no? Hopefully they got a good look at Robert Herron. He’s the kind of receiver Andy Reid tends to fall in love with. He has the speed, hands, shiftiness, and field vision that will make him a good fit for this offense.

        • berttheclock

          “Stick with us!” What else do you expect me to do? Do you have any idea how long the list of “Honey Dos” has grown emanating from my wife’s computer? Should I try to slow down “sticking with you”, I would be buried in her Wish List. Leave AA? Never, except, perhaps, for a very momentary tiff which resolves itself rather quickly.

        • ILChiefan

          Sticking with you, Stace. Now go get Sanders !!

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Hopefully by the end of business he’ll be looking for a home in Blue Springs.

  • berttheclock

    Should he join the Chiefs, will the loudspeaker at Arrowhead play, “Come, oh come let us adore him, kneel down before him, worship and adore him”. That happens to be one of my favorite Christmas songs. It stems from the days of the Crusades. “Emmanuel”.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      A bit on the blasphemous side, but I’ll go with it. Hahaha.

  • berttheclock

    There is an expression used in horse racing for top jockeys who have learned not to panic and to wait until the prime moment to turn their respective steeds loose heading for the wire. It is called “sitting chilly” and Pat Day and Eddie Delahousee were two of the best in the business at waiting and waiting, not beating tattoos on their mounts, just waiting for that last moment to chirp and it would become a race to the wire, where, they, would prevail. I am beginning to believe Dorsey has that “sitting chilly” ability. So, don’t start tearing up your tickets out there and heading for the exits. The chirping is about to begin.

  • berttheclock

    Should Sanders sign with the Chiefs, it would more than make up for the loss of the two 3rd round draft picks by KC in that 2010 draft. The Chiefs took Asamoah before the Steelers took Sanders and Moeaki afterwards. Interesting that Sanders was picked ahead of Erik Decker by the Broncos. Anyone still not believing quality can be found in a 3rd round, I suggest you peruse that 3rd round. Quality up and down the list. He did flash a 4.41 at the Combine and coming out of a June Jones system at SMU, he did a great deal of crossing routes. May not be the strongest guy to fight for balls, but, he runs great routes.

  • Tyler_KC_Fan

    If we entiire the draft with Bowe and Sanders, then draft a WR in the R1 like Beckham or Cooks, or wait till later in the draft and get someone like Robinson from PENN or Matthews (one can dream right?) from VANDY…Smith would be licking is lips with excitement. Those two actually provide a better WR group then what we have had in years, and adding a young stud from the draft makes it that much better!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Suddenly Sanders has a visit scheduled in San Francisco tomorrow. Not a good sign.

  • Daniel Mayfield

    My heart is about ready to bust!! Man I would love it if they can get Sanders!!! I’ll jump through the ceiling if they do!!