NFL Combine begins this week, but that is not some of the biggest news that will happen for the Denver Broncos and the future of the franchise.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders’ future became clearer with new head coach Vic Fangio addressing his situation at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.
The team could add to the wide receiver position, but there’s no pressure to do so. It doesn’t hurt having players with different abilities and skills. As far as where it ranks on the Broncos’ priorities list? It is not high.
Fangio made a clear statement saying Sanders will have a “major role” with the Broncos in 2019.
"“Hopefully it’ll be a major role for us. Emmanuel’s a hell of a player, been a highly productive receiver in the league for a long time. He was having an excellent year last year with the Broncos. We expect him to be back full speed,”Fangio said Wednesday morning at the NFL Combine (quotes via Broncos PR)"
My own expectation is for Sanders to be fully healthy for Training Camp and OTAs in June/July. Sanders is healing up quite well from his unfortunate Achilles injury.
The Broncos do have a decision to make regarding picking up Sanders’ contract option. If Denver did choose to head down this route, then $1.5 million of the $10.15 million in his base salary would become guaranteed. The deadline to pick up that option is March 12.
Sanders has proven with a capable quarterback he can be a top-flight threat in the passing game.
In my opinion, keeping Sanders is of the utmost importance among many top offseason priorities. When Sanders is healthy, he is a threat to every level of the field. Sanders’ blazing speed on any given route changes the landscape of an entire offense.
With Joe Flacco expected to be the starter, the Broncos need someone capable of doing just that.
Yes, players like Golden Tate and Desean Jackson are (or will soon be) on the open market. However, with everything Sanders has proven throughout his tenure, it’s better to not restructure and contemplate extending him.
Broncos Country should be excited about the possibility of a major role and what it means with the Joe Flacco-run offense.