Report: Patriots among teams inquiring about Emmanuel Sanders

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By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Patriots have once again been linked to Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders as they search for additional help on offense.

According to Benjamin Allbright, a Denver-based talk show host and reporter, the Patriots are among the teams that have called the Broncos about Sanders' availability in a trade. But at this point, John Elway and the Broncos are telling potential suitors that Sanders will not be traded.

This is not the first time the Patriots have been interested in Sanders. They signed him to a restricted free agent offer sheet in 2013, but the Pittsburgh Steelers matched that offer to prevent Sanders from landing in Foxboro.

The 35-year-old has hauled in 25 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns for the 2-4 Broncos. He is in the final year for a three-year, $33 million contract and has a $12.9 million cap hit this season, according to Spotrac.

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