Emmanuel Sanders would boost the Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver corps.
Even though Emmanuel Sanders isn’t a top-echelon wide receiver, he’s been one of the most consistent ones since the Pittsburgh Steelers made him a third-round pick in 2010’s draft. Over his 11-year career, the SMU product has spent time with the Steelers, the Broncos, the 49ers, and the Saints, hauling in 662 receptions for 8,619 yards and 47 touchdowns.
Sanders signed a two-year $16 million deal with New Orleans last offseason but might be a luxury they can’t afford in 2021, as he’s set to count $10 million against the cap in 2021. Releasing him would leave a $6 million dead cap hit but it would open up $4 million in cap space and the Saints will probably welcome any savings they can get their hands on just to get under the cap.
Keelan Cole and Chris Conley are scheduled to hit the open market and if the Jaguars let them walk away, they will have to replenish their wide receiver corps. They could easily pursue one of the top wide receivers available in the open market but if they don’t want to invest much in the position, targeting Emmanuel Sanders or Jamison Crowder, a potential cap casualty by the New York Jets makes sense.