Shortly after the New England Patriots traded for Mohamed Sanu, the San Francisco 49ers responded by acquiring a wide receiver of their own.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Denver Broncos sent Emmanuel Sanders and a fifth-round draft pick to San Francisco for third and fourth-round picks. Denver apparently preferred to keep Sanders for their Week 8 matchup vs. the Colts, but that didn't go as planned.
And another trade:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2019
Denver is dealing WR Emmanuel Sanders and a 2020 5th-round pick to San Francisco in exchange for 2020 3rd- and 4th-round picks, per league sources.
First Mohamed Sanu, now Sanders....
Denver wanted to hold on to Emmanuel Sanders for another week and have him play Sunday against Indianapolis. But San Francisco wanted Sanders to play Sunday against Carolina - and now he will.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2019
Sanders is a great addition to a 6-0 Niners squad in need of a veteran wide receiver presence, but it appears he wasn't their first choice. They targeted Sanu before the ex-Falcons wideout landed with New England, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Now, Sanders will catch passes from ex-Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Given that Pats connection, along with San Francisco originally targeting Sanu and running back Matt Breida "liking the 49ers' chances" vs. New England, a potential Super Bowl 54 matchup between the two squads just got even more intriguing.
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