But the realities of the business side of professional football could put a wet blanket on that sentiment. Tuesday, Sanders hosted his two-day football camp and afterwards, fielded questions about training camp and of course, the state of his contract negotiations with the Broncos.
“I’m not really too concerned about it," Sanders told Brian Madden of CBS Denver. "At the end of the day I’ve expressed myself enough that I want to be a Denver Bronco.”
Sanders is entering his third and final year of the $15 million contract he signed with Denver in March of 2014. In his two seasons with the Broncos, Sanders has caught 177 passes for 2,539 yards and 15 touchdowns.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p... In Denver's whirlwind postseason run this past January and February, culminating in the franchise winning its third Lombardi Trophy, Sanders was the only receiver (cough, cough Demaryius Thomas) to show up for his team when the chips were down—hauling in 16 receptions for 230 yards, including some clutch catches in the Super Bowl.
The Broncos opened negotiations with Sanders on a new contract this offseason, but talks have stalled as the Broncos focus on getting Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller re-signed before the July 15 deadline.
From what I've heard, Sanders is looking for a four-year deal that will pay him $12 million annually. And he wants north of $24 million of it fully guaranteed.
The Broncos already have $14 million per year tied up in Demaryius Thomas, making it hard to find the room on the salary cap to give Sanders what he wants.
Much of it is out of his control. But, accepting reality for what it is, if Denver can't reach the number Sanders is looking for, he's prepared to put the Mile High City in his rearview in 2017.
“If I get a contract, I get a contract, but if I don’t, you know it’s sad, but you know I’ll have to part ways.”
Broncos fans are hopeful GM John Elway can get something done. Without Peyton Manning calling signals, the Broncos will need a receiver who can make plays in the clutch. Emmanuel Sanders has proven that he's that guy.
See the full Sanders CBS interview in the video below.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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