FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was formally introduced as a newly-minted Denver Broncos wide receiver Sunday and the team’s newest free-agent catch was emphatic no deal was in place in Kansas City or elsewhere before he put pen to paper in the Broncos’ complex.
When asked following his introductory news conference if he had seen reports that unnamed Chiefs officials believed Sanders and his representatives had agreed to terms on a multiyear deal with the Chiefs, Sanders added: “I guess the Chiefs feel like we had a deal, but we never officially had a deal. The thing is I was at their facility, so of course they thought ‘well, if Emmanuel is here then of course he’s going to sign with us,’ but that’s never the case, just because I’m there doesn’t mean I have to sign with you.”
Sanders signed a three-year deal that can be worth as much as $18 million if he hits all of the performance-based escalators in the contract.
Sanders finished 2013 with career-bests in catches (67), receiving yards (740) and touchdowns (six). The Broncos pro personnel department had him rated as one of the top receivers available in the open market with some of the team who believed he was the best fit of the free-agent receivers because of his run-after-the-catch abilities.
TEXANS: Houston running back Arian Foster returned to Twitter on Saturday night and included in his tweets a declaration that his doctor had medically cleared him to play. Foster worked through several injuries during the 2013 season, a back injury finally finishing his year. He had surgery in November, playing his final game of the season in Week 8 in Kansas City.
GIANTS: The New York Giants announced Sunday they’ve signed former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond. Thurmond inked a one-year contract worth $3.5 million, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.