Emmanuel Sanders Leaves Tampa Sans Deal

March 14th, 2014

SandersThe Bucs’ desperately need a No. 3 receiver, a No. 4 would be nice, too.

Steelers free agent Emmanuel Sanders, a speedy young man who caught 67 balls last season, was being wooed and courted by the Bucs in Tampa but now NFL Network is reporting he’s spending Friday with the Chiefs.

Joe has a bad feeling Sanders won’t leave Kansas City. They’re desperate for receiver help, and they were desperate before Dexter McCluster bolted for Tennessee.

Lovie Smith and Jason Licht must keep searching as the free agent receivers herd is thinning, especially for slot receivers. Joe’s wondering if the Bucs were in attendance in Wyoming when a potential slot guy ran a sub-4.3, 40-yard dash at his Pro Day.

27 Responses to “Emmanuel Sanders Leaves Tampa Sans Deal”

  1. Rob Says:

    The Bucs haven’t signed two starters yet today, I’m beginning to worry.

  2. Robbie_G Says:

    We NEED W/R help in a bad way. I guess the draft is the way to go. I did hope to get some kind of speed in here before then.

  3. MTM Says:

    The WR position needs to be addressed before this current group is whittled down. I don’t want to the new regime go into the draft needing a WR.

  4. theDON Says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  5. Sneedy16 Says:

    I think Sanders was asking for too much. he’s a good slot guy, but he was probably asking for starter kind of money. The Bucs have enough cap to sign at least 2 more players before the draft, and I assume they want an Oline and a Wr and not just all to one player.

    I feel that since the chiefs are in more of a need they will offer more money. I trust that they will find their guy in the draft if free agency doesn’t work. I see a trade down in the draft for more picks.

  6. deminion Says:

    &joe. How do u feel abt donte moncrief ole miss 6’2 4.4 first we need another WR he not a slot guy but VJax isn’t gettin any younger

  7. Joe Says:

    The WR position needs to be addressed before this current group is whittled down. I don’t want to the new regime go into the draft needing a WR.

    Your fear should be optimism, especially getting that third round pick with the Jets. This draft is loaded with WRs. Licht told Joe in Indianapolis you can realisitically get a first-year starting WR in the third round this year. Add a guy like Allen Robinson in the third with VJax and Mike Williams, that’s a strong set of receivers.

  8. Jake S. Says:

    Just sign Steve Smith to a 2 or 3 Year deal and draft someone in the 2nd or 3rd round that can also return Kicks and Punts.

  9. Joe Says:

    &joe. How do u feel abt donte moncrief ole miss 6’2 4.4 first we need another WR he not a slot guy but VJax isn’t gettin any younger

    Not as much as Kelvin Benjamin or Allen Robinson.

  10. Glennon Mob Says:

    We don’t need a number 3 or 4, we need a true all-in-one number 1 (Sammy Watkins/Mike Evans). Vjax and Mike Will are numbers 2 and 3 in that order.

  11. Joe Says:

    Glennon Mob

    Love the handle!

  12. Andrew 1 Says:

    He was probably asking for more money than the bucs were willing to pay. Not really disappointed, Sanders was a decent WR but not great by any means. There are so many good WRs in this draft so I think we will take at least one of them. Even a guy like Jeremy Gallon out of Michigan who could go in the later rounds or even undrafted, has the potential to be a good slot WR.

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    With a team like ours that needs a slot really, really bad. It’s nice to see so many wr’s in the draft. Nothing like that ever works out for the Bucs.

  14. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Ah Joe here is where you get to take the good with the bad. I followed your link to the piece on Robert Herron out of Wyoming.

    You had words of praise from NFL observers and you added that Herron is expected to go in the third round and then moaned, we gave up that pick for Revis.

    Doesn’t that pick now return with Revis gone? I’ve read so much about this I have forgotten. My last impression was that if Revis doesn’t play for us that 3rd round pick becomes a 4th.

    Can some astute poster clue me in on this. Is that correct. The 3rd we gave up for Revis now is a 4th rounder?

  15. BirdDoggers Says:

    It seems the Bucs are sticking to a plan of signing realistic deals and might not value Sanders as much as Sanders values Sanders.

  16. Joe Says:

    Can some astute poster clue me in on this. Is that correct. The 3rd we gave up for Revis now is a 4th rounder?

    Bucs kept their third and lost their fourth when Revis walked.

  17. BucsfanNJ Says:

    There are still plenty of quality recievers left, the market for recievers has been very soft…It makes sense to wait it out and try and bring the overall price tag associate with the WR down a little.

    Hakeem Nicks, Julian Edleman, Steve Smith, James Jones, Emmanuel Sanders
    , Sidney Rice, Could even add Santonio Holmes or Brandon Lafell to this list though I don’t like them for our team

  18. Seth B Says:

    Joe, WR-Steve Smith is Scheduled to visit Tampa Bay tomorrow if he doesn’t sign with the Ravens today. Heard that on Baltimore Radio this morning.

    I see Smith wanting an opportunity to play Carolina twice a year for the next 2 or so.

    My guess is 3 years/ 10 mill – 6 million guaranteed locks him up.

    Thoughts?

    I think he would kill in the Slot.

  19. Joe Says:

    Joe, WR-Steve Smith is Scheduled to visit Tampa Bay tomorrow if he doesn’t sign with the Ravens today.

    Really???

    Wow. What radio station?

  20. ryan Says:

    Paul Richardson

  21. BucsQcCity Says:

    Smith already get 3M$ by panthers. We need to sell the double vengeance opportunity to him, not necessarily money. 2 years max I say

  22. Seth B Says:

    @ Joe – 105.7 the Fan “The Norris and Davis Show”

  23. Seth B Says:

    I live in Maryland

  24. Jim Says:

    Joe, Emmanuel Sanders also visited New England and he left without a contract too……Guess he’s a patient man.

  25. bigpoppabuc Says:

    I like the idea of adding Steve Smith… He could be our new Ike Hilliard. I also love his fire. A guy like Smith would help us buy time to groom a mid round draft pick, and ease the transition that’s bound to take place over the next couple years.

  26. zam Says:

    WR3 can be addressed in the later rounds of the draft, and if not there then even in UFA’s. You have good coaches now who can evaluate talent effectively.

  27. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    I trust Lovie and Licht to ferret out any serious issues with Smith’s “locker room personality”.

    As someone who always hated Smith, because he was so good, I’m incredibly intrigued by the possibility.

    Smith would be fired up to show his former team what a big mistake they made. He’d probably be like Keyshaun. A rent a player for a couple of years.
    If we can control as well, hopefully better, than we did Keyshawn then I’m old board with Smith.

    Steve Smith is a warrior!!!

 
 

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