After a busy offseason of negotiating new contracts, Broncos general manager John Elway made sure to work in one final deal before Denver kicks off its regular season on Thursday.
The team has announced that Emmanuel Sanders has agreed to terms on an extension that will keep him in Denver through the 2019 season. According to NFL.com, the three-year deal is worth a total of $33 million.
The $11 million-a-year average means that Sanders will be getting a huge raise over what he was making before. When Sanders originally signed in Denver before the 2014 season, he inked a three-year deal that only paid him a total of $15 million.
Over the past two years, Sanders has done more than enough to earn the rise. Since arriving in Denver in 2014, Sanders has racked up 177 catches for 2,539 yards and 15 touchdowns.
It might be hard for Sanders to duplicate those numbers going forward with Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch at quarterback, but there’s no doubt both guys will be happy to have some continuity at the receiver position. Both Sanders and Demaryius Thomas are signed through at least the 2019 season now.
For Elway, the extension for Sanders comes on the heels of offseason deals that he worked out with linebackers Von Miller and Brandon Marshall. The Broncos general manager also made the decision to match the offer sheet that the Dolphins made to running back C.J. Anderson in March.
Sanders’ new deal means that he’ll be in Denver until he’s 32. The 29-year-old was a third-round pick in the 2010 draft and spent four seasons with the Steelers before signing with Denver in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports / Broncos, Emmanuel Sanders agree to terms on three-year extension