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Saints sign Emmanuel Sanders: Free agent WR leaves 49ers to play with rival New Orleans

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Emmanuel Sanders has signed with the New Orleans Saints. Pic credit: San Francisco 49ers/YouTube

The New Orleans Saints recently announced that they are bringing back quarterback Drew Brees on a two-year deal.

On Friday night they gave Brees a nice additional weapon to work with this fall.

Saints nab Emmanuel Sanders

The Saints pulled off a bit of a shocker late Friday evening when they announced that they signed former Denver Broncos and more recently San Francisco 49ers star wideout Emmanuel Sanders.

Fans in New Orleans were hoping the Saints would land Sanders ever since he was rumored to be on the trading block throughout the 2019 season.

The Saints missed out on No. 17 when the Denver Broncos decided to trade him to the San Francisco 49ers.

While New Orleans didn’t get him the first time around, good things come to those who wait!

Sanders took to Instagram on Saturday to thank the Niners faithful for welcoming him into the fold so quickly last season.

Those same fans won’t be as kind in 2020 now that Sanders has landed in New Orleans which is one of the 49ers’ major divisional rivals.

That Athletic first reported the Saints’ new signing late Friday evening. The deal is reportedly worth $19 million for the next two seasons.

Super Bowl Saints?

Is the addition of Emmanuel Sanders enough to put the Saints over the top? The 33-year-old has shown time after time that he has plenty left in the tank.

In 2019, Sanders finished with 869 receiving yards and five touchdowns.  He also had his way with the Saints.

Sanders had seven catches for 157 receiving yards and a touchdown against New Orleans in 2019 while playing for San Francisco. QB Drew Brees will be happy to have him on his side this season.

Do the Saints now have the best offense in the NFL?

They might. This move shows that New Orleans is serious about making a run at the Super Bowl in 2021.

Teaming up Sanders with Michael Thomas, who was just a beast last season, along with Jared Cook and Alvin Kamara sure looks like one of the best offenses in the league to me.

Last season Thomas had an incredible 149 receptions for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns. His 107 yards per game average was the best in the NFL.

The signing of Sanders can’t be overlooked in the NFC. This one addition will make the Saints one tough team to beat next season.

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