After the trade, Broncos general manager John Elway spoke highly of Sanders, but also offered a weird parting shot.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sander has been traded to the San Francisco 49ers. After discussing those trades in more detail, they take a look at the overall trade landscape and discuss some of the teams that could be buyers or sellers in the final week including the Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts (17:00).
One team that would like to get better but doesn't have the draft assets is the Chicago Bears.
"The offense is similar", Sanders said as he was leaving the Broncos facility. "We had a great run out here in Denver", he told CBS Denver. "Looking forward to getting out to San Fran and showcasing my talent, meet the guys, hopefully add my explosiveness and my capabilities to their system and try to win", Sanders said.
After the Sanders trade becomes official (he will need to pass a physical examination), Denver will have an open spot on the 90-man offseason roster.
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Sanders, 32, has 30 catches for 367 yards and two touchdowns in seven games this season, his sixth with the Broncos (2-5).
San Francisco clearly believes it has a title contender on its team and is loading up to try and make a run.
What do you think of this trade?
He noted that the 49ers' offense is very familiar to the one he's been playing in with Denver, and thanked the fans for their energy and positive messages over the years.
I would not be shocked if there are more trades on the horizon for the Broncos. He signed with the Broncos to play in "wide receiver heaven" with quarterback Peyton Manning.
Sanders had 1,000-yard receiving seasons in 2014, 2015 and 2016, but dropped to 555 yards in 2017 due to an ankle injury and finished with 71 catches for 868 yards past year when he suffered a torn Achilles in December.