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Emmanuel Sanders Leaving San Francisco 49ers For The New Orleans Saints In Free Agency Signing

March 21, 2020

Photo: Emmanuel Sanders | Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group

Emmanuel Sanders came at a cost to help the San Francisco 49ers’ Super Bowl run, and two mid-round draft picks were not outlandish upon last October’s trade.

He now will be catching passes for the New Orleans Saints, after agreeing Friday night on a two-year, $16 million deal.

At 33, Sanders showed he’s still got plenty left as he combined for 66 receptions, 869 yards receiving and five touchdowns with the Niners and Broncos.

A three-time 1,000-yard receiver and two-time Pro Bowler who won a Super Bowl with the Broncos, Sanders fills a huge need for the Saints that they’ve long desired with a No. 2 wideout option opposite record-setting star Michael Thomas.

As quarterback Drew Brees returns to lead an already vaunted Saints offense, New Orleans has found another very important piece in Sanders.

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