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Even more compelling reasons #Steelers should let #Patriots have Emmanuel Sanders here:
If they matched, they would go through another season with a lame-duck starter at wide receiver, and they will have thrown away the chance to acquire a third-round pick for him.
Matching the Sanders deal might preclude them from signing, say, Ahmad Bradshaw. Or it might force them to restructure a contract they did not want to restructure, that of Troy Polamalu.
If the Steelers really wanted to pay Sanders that kind of money, they could have put a second-round tender on him, which would have cost them $2.023 million. It looks as though they felt Sanders was not worth that much.
Put it this way, if there was another receiver of Sanders’ ability on another team and he was a restricted free agent with a third-round tender, would the Steelers give up a third-rounder for him? Not on your life. Would they trade a third-rounder for a receiver of Sanders’ ability? No.
So, why would they give up a third-rounder to keep him?
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