With the Steelers off to an 0-4 start wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders doesn't appear nearly as concerned about his future as he was when training camp began nearly three months ago. Sanders began the season with the intent of proving he's among the NFL's elite pass-catchers. He wasn't willing to settle for being the No. 2 receiver behind Antonio Brown who was elevated to No. 1 when Mike Wallace signed a five-year $60 million deal with Miami. “I don't consider myself a No. 2. I just like to win” Sanders said. “I just like to play football. I know at the end of the day I can be a No. 1 in this league if the opportunity comes.” The Patriots thin at receiver after a series of injuries extended that opportunity to Sanders earlier this year when they presented him with a free-agent offer sheet. Instead he signed a one-year restricted free agent tender worth $2.5 million with the Steelers in April. Sanders insisted again Wednesday that he rather stay in Pittsburgh. He too would rather have a deal settled sooner than later. The Steelers however do not negotiate with players during the season. “I try not to get caught up in (contract talks) too much” said Sanders who averaged 14.2 yards on 44 catches last season. “As far as the contract it would be nice. I have a lot to prove especially since the (foot) injuries. “I hope we can work out something. I want to go out of here on top — winning the Super Bowl. Who knows what next year will hold. I'm not surprised not to have a deal. It's a business.” Sanders in his fourth season insisted any pending contract negotiations after the season concludes aren't a distraction.
Steelers' Sanders faces uncertain future
Pittsburgh Tribune Review | Oct 6