Emmanuel Sanders swears he does not think about his contract situation does not wonder where he will be next season and will not hold back because of fear of injury.

"I'm excited about the new opportunity just to be a starting wide receiver in this league" the fourth-year pro said.

He will start in Hines Ward's former spot the flanker position opposite Antonio Brown who plays in Mike Wallace's old spot the split end. Like Wallace in 2012 this could be Sanders' final season with the Steelers although he said he hopes it is not.

He's working on a one-year $2.5 million contract thanks to the New England Patriots. They signed him to that deal as a restricted free agent and the Steelers passing up the chance to get a third-round draft pick instead matched it. But there have been no negotiations to try to extend the deal.

If there is no extension Sanders will become an unrestricted free agent next year and the Steelers will lose yet another of their Young Money receivers.

"I'm not really worried about the business side" Sanders said. "If I'm here next year I'm here; if I'm not I'm not. But this is the one year that I got as of right now and I want to win the Super Bowl."

He thought he was headed to New England to pair with Tom Brady until at nearly the last minute the Steelers matched the offer and kept him.

His agent Jordan Woy said in April that other teams made him offers before they settled on New England and as far as re-signing with the Steelers "It would have to be a very good deal for us to sign a multiyear agreement."

Sanders said team officials made him no promises and never suggested that they would try to work out a long-term deal.

"Mike Tomlin pretty much sat me down and said 'We're going to match the tender we want you here.'
"We have this one year to hopefully go to the Super Bowl and win it. As far as long term there are no talks about long term or anything of that sort. But I'm not really worried about that I'm not concerned about that I'm just concerned about right now."

Other players in a similar position were suspected of not going all out in order to avoid injury and sign a big new deal in free agency. Kendrell Bell was one a decade ago with the Steelers.

"I won't hold back because that's not who I am" Sanders said. "I'm not going to shy away from anything or try to cheat my teammates because of my selfishness. I'm not going to be that guy. I'm going to go out and I'm going to give it my all 100 percent and if it all works out it's going to work itself out."

His position is different than that of Wallace's in his final season with the Steelers in 2012. Wallace already had proven himself as one of the game's most dangerous deep threats. This is Sanders' first season as the acknowledged starter and two of his first three seasons were marred by knee and foot injuries. He needs a good year to get a good contract and he has a quarterback who can only help that along in Ben Roethlisberger.