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September 07, 2016


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Wednesday agreed to terms with wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on a three-year contract extension through 2019, Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway announced.

“Emmanuel has proven himself as a great player and one of the most productive receivers in this league,” Elway said. “He plays with intensity, and we love the way he competes. We’re thrilled Emmanuel is going to be a Bronco for many more years to come.”

Sanders (5-11, 180 pounds) is a seventh-year player who has appeared in 87 career regular-season games (49 starts) and seven playoff contests (3 starts). He was selected by Pittsburgh in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft from Southern Methodist University.

For his career, Sanders has totaled 338 receptions for 4,569 yards (13.5 avg.) with 26 touchdowns in the regular season. He owns 30 catches for 365 yards (12.2 avg.) in the postseason.

More than half of Sanders’ career receiving totals have come during his last two seasons with the Broncos in which he combined for 177 catches for 2,539 yards (14.3 avg.) with 15 touchdowns. His 177 receptions during that span rank eighth in the NFL while his 2,539 receiving yards rank sixth. All 11 of his career 100-yard receiving games have come as a member of the Broncos.

After signing with Denver as an unrestricted free agent in 2014, Sanders posted the fifth-most receptions (101) and fourth-most receiving yards (1,404) in NFL history by a player in his initial season with a team. Both figures ranked second on the Broncos to teammate Demaryius Thomas (111-1,619) and ranked fifth overall in the NFL.

Sanders posted his second consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season (76-135) in 2015 and added 10 catches for 147 yards in the postseason during Denver’s Super Bowl run.

During his first four NFL seasons with the Steelers, Sanders saw action in 56 regular-season games (18 starts) and totaled 161 receptions for 2,030 yards (12.6 avg.) with 11 touchdowns.

Sanders finished his collegiate career as SMU’s all-time leader in receptions (235), receiving yards (3,791) and receiving touchdowns (34). An all-district performer at Bellville (Texas) High School, Sanders was born on March 17, 1987.

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