49ers Star Returning To Steelers?
Is a 49ers star considering returning to the Steelers?
Emmanuel Sanders was traded to San Francisco from the Denver Broncos midway through the 2019 season. The deal worked out well for all involved.
The Niners got a reliable receiving option for Jimmy Garoppolo, and Sanders got to showcase his talents for a team in championship contention.
Once upon a time, Sanders was one of three extremely talented wide receiver options on the Steelers. Due to internal friction and what was perceived as a poor attempt on Pittsburgh’s part to retain him, Sanders left for the Broncos.
This offseason, Sanders will once again become a free agent.
In the lead-up to Super Bowl LIV, he was asked by reporters if he would ever consider returning to the Steelers.
“I would love that,” Sanders said.
“But me and Ben don’t have the best relationship. I believe that bridge is burnt.”
Still, Sanders was open to talk of a reunion – presuming Roethlisberger had really matured in the way that it seemed that he had.
“When I first got to Pittsburgh, Ben was still like a little bit of (a jerk) and a lot of people didn’t know that,” Sanders said.
“That was in 2010. Ben has grown up a lot, you know? He was still like a (jerk).
“I had to deal with him for like two years as a rookie with him being (a jerk), you know. I said who the (heck) is this dude?
“So I grew to not like him but just to deal with him. But from what I’ve heard, he’s grown up a lot, which is good because I’ve grown up too.”
Will Sanders ultimately end up back in Pittsburgh? That is a decision he will have to make at some point this summer.
But for now, his focus is on one thing and one thing only: bringing home a Super Bowl ring on February 2.