After the Thursday night loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Denver Broncos sit at 2-5 and could opt to start playing for the future. Even with Patrick Mahomes set to miss a few weeks, Denver likely won't be in contention in the AFC West, which means the Broncos could look to exchange veteran players for draft capital.
Playing on an expiring contract, Emmanuel Sanders would be a valuable asset for any team looking to win right now. With that in mind, here are four of the most likely trade destinations for the veteran wideout.
1. Carolina Panthers
After winning all four games with Kyle Allen at the helm, the Carolina Panthers have found themselves competing with the New Orleans Saints for the divisional title. The Panthers have a pair of talented receivers in D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel, but they could use another veteran pass-catcher to help take this offense over the top. Adding a player like Sanders could even help lighten Christian McCaffrey's workload in the passing game, and would give Carolina one of the most dangerous WR trios in the NFL.
2. New England Patriots
Despite their unblemished 6-0 start, the New England Patriots have been ravaged by injuries, particularly at WR. Josh Gordon will be sidelined for Week 7's "Monday Night Football" game, and Philip Dorsett hasn't played since Week 4. Rookie WR N'Keal Harry is returning soon, but the Patriots usually lean toward playing established veterans who are ready to compete now. Having averaged 72.3 receiving yards per game in 2018, Sanders certainly fits the bill.
3. Philadelphia Eagles
After a loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, the Philadelphia Eagles cannot afford another slip up. This is another team that has suffered injuries all over, including to their receiving corps. With Alshon Jeffery perpetually hobbled and DeSean Jackson still fighting to come back, Sanders would add depth to a Philadelphia WR room that sorely needs it.
4. San Francisco 49ers
It wasn't pretty, but the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Washington Redskins, 9-0, in Week 7. Offensively, the team runs the football well, but the passing game, which ranks No. 25 in passing yards per game, hasn't been nearly as effective. Much of this can be attributed to the lack of pass-catchers Jimmy Garoppolo has to work with. While George Kittle is clearly a top-tier TE, the 49ers don't have many established options at WR. Adding Sanders could give San Francisco a much more balanced attack, potentially making the 49ers legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
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