The free agent stove cooled down in the month April as NFL teams prepared for the 2022 NFL Draft. Now that all of the prospects have been added to rosters, things should start heating back up again. Veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is certainly hoping his talents can still be put to good use.
The two-time Pro Bowler has posted over 600 receiving yards in each of his last four seasons and leaving that kind of production sitting on the market seems like a missed opportunity. With that being said, lets' take a look at three of the most likely free agent destinations for Sanders.
Emmanuel Sanders Free Agency
1. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens shocked a lot of NFL fans when they traded away wide receiver Marquise Brown in exchange for a 2022 first-round pick. He was coming off his first 1,00-yard season and was quarterback Lamar Jackson's top target. Baltimore now has zero receivers on the roster with more than 53 career receptions and could reportedly turn to free agency to find a veteran pass-catcher. Sanders owns a 66.9% catch percentage over the last two seasons and posted an average depth of target of 15.0 yards in 2021. The 35-year-old could be the perfect middle-of-the-field weapon for the Ravens that is also capable of helping shape the young guys on the roster.
2. Chicago Bears
The general consensus heading into the NFL Draft was that the Bears were going to use a high pick in order to give quarterback Justin Fields a much-needed weapon along the outside. Instead, Chicago passed on a WR twice before finally taking Tennessee's Velus Jones Jr. in the third round. This team lacks a deep threat to pair with starter Darnell Mooney and Sanders has proven he can still beat defenders with his speed. The SMU product has accounted for at least 31 first downs in every season since 2012 and tied a career-high mark in yards per catch last year (14.9). Sanders could be the missing piece on offense.
3. Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons went all-in at the wide receiver position by taking the first one off the board at No. 8 overall in USC's Drake London. London has the size and physicality to make an immediate impact at the NFL level, yet the depth behind him is shallow to say the least. Olamide Zaccheus is the only other player that caught more than a handful of passes for head coach Arthur Smith in 2021. The Falcons have a new starting quarterback in Marcus Mariota in 2022 and could sign Sanders to act as his security blanket in the passing attack. The fact that this wouldn't be Sanders' first go around in the NFC South doesn't hurt, either.
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