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Broncos, Emmanuel Sanders contract talks on hold

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 8: Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos celebrates before scoring a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the third quarter of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders had been in talks about a new contract, but those talks aren’t currently taking place.

According to Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver, talks between Sanders and the Broncos are on hold. Not off, but on hold.

Sanders is heading into the final season of the three-year, $15 million contract he signed with the Broncos in 2014. He has a base salary of $5.6 million and a cap hit of $6.6 million this year.

Sanders was the only receiver who did much of anything for the Broncos in the playoffs: Sanders caught 16 passes for 230 yards in the postseason, while all the Broncos’ other wide receivers combined for 18 catches and 188 yards. That playoff performance gives him a strong argument that he deserves a pay raise.

But Sanders has said he’s going to keep playing whether he gets a new contract or not, and so the Broncos’ first priority is to get a deal done with the player who won’t play until he signs a contract: Von Miller.