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Report: Emmanuel Sanders signing 2-year deal with Saints

The rich get richer with the New Orleans Saints set to add wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to their wide receiver corps.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders warms up before the game against the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium. Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints are set to add a serious weapon to their passing attack. Emmanuel Sanders told Josina Anderson he is signing a two-year contract with the Saints.

Sanders split last season between the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers. In seven games with the Broncos he caught 30 passes for 367 yards and two touchdowns. The Broncos traded him to the 49ers at the trade deadline, and in ten games with the 49ers, Sanders caught 36 passes for 502 yards and three touchdowns.

Sanders joins a Saints wide receiver corps led by Michael Thomas, who had a record-setting 2019. He caught 149 passes for 1,725 yards with nine touchdowns. Ted Ginn was the second most productive wide receiver, catching 30 passes for 421 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Jared Cook and running back Alvin Kamara were the two top pass-catchers behind Thomas. Cook caught 43 receptions for 705 yards and nine touchdowns, while Kamara caught 81 receptions for 533 yards and one touchdown.

Sanders will slot in as the No. 2 receiver. Thomas will remain productive, but this could result in a bit of a decrease in his overall totals. He’ll still be a No. 1 receiver for fantasy drafts, but it’s highly unlikely he matches his 2019. Sanders should upgrade moving from Jimmy Garoppolo to Drew Brees. Sanders was the 30th ranked receiver this past season, but could move up into the top 25 or higher with Brees as his quarterback.