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Emmanuel Sanders
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 25: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos leads a celebration in the end zone after a second quarter Denver Broncos touchdown catch by tight end Matt LaCosse #83 during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on November 25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

Signed Emmanuel Sanders in 2014

By: Graham Tiedtke

The 2014 Free Agent class was a great one for the Broncos. One of the team’s signings was wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who left the Pittsburgh Steelers following the expiration of his rookie contract.

Sanders played for the Broncos up until the 2019 trade deadline. Sanders recorded 1,000-yard seasons in each of the first three years in Denver. Of course his quarterback was the one and only Peyton Manning.

His stats declined following the retirement of Manning, but Sanders’ impact did not go unnoticed. He consistently made some great catches by diving for overthrown passes.

Sanders tore his Achilles in 2018 but came back strong. He even had surgery on the ankle on his other leg during that offseason.

You can measure a guy’s height and weight, but you can’t measure a guy’s heart. Sanders continues to have extreme passion as his football career continues with the San Francisco 49ers.

Can you imagine what he could have done with Drew Lock throwing him passes? Unfortunately we will not get to see that, as he was traded to the Bay Area in the middle of the 2019 season for third- and fourth-round draft choices.