The New Orleans Saints made a massive free agency addition by signing veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to a two-year contract. It was a move that the team has been trying to make for quite some time. Last year at the NFL trade deadline, the Saints tried and failed to find a wideout.
Michael Thomas is one of the best receivers in the NFL, but they wanted a consistent presence across from him. Sanders is exactly that kind of presence who will take pressure off of both Drew Brees and Thomas.
Looking ahead to the 2020 NFL season, Sanders can make NFL history. He could become the first player in league history to play in the Super Bowl for four different teams.
No player has ever played in the Super Bowl with four different franchises, but Sanders is among seven who have played in the Super Bowl with three. Preston Pearson, Bill Romanowski, Rod Woodson, Darrien Gordon, Harry Swayne and Joe Jurevicius are the others.
Sanders has a decent chance to make this potential record come true. New Orleans is stacked and the Saints have made the necessary moves to improve from last season. Add in a healthier Alvin Kamara as well, and Sean Payton is going to have a lot of fun with his offense.
Last season split between the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers, Sanders ended up catching 66 passes for 869 yards and five touchdowns. They weren’t huge numbers, but they were the kind of consistent numbers that the Saints needed.
At 33 years old, Sanders signed with the team that he thinks can best provide him the chance to compete for a Super Bowl win. With Brees returning for what could be his final contract, playing alongside him makes sense.
Expect to see Sanders be an ideal fit for the Saints. He may not be a star anymore, but he is a quality wideout who will make a big impact in New Orleans.