PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Steelers have decided to retain the services of wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

According to a statement from the team, they opted to match the Patriots’ one-year, $2.5 million offer sheet Sunday afternoon.

Had the Steelers not matched the offer, they would have received a third-round pick from New England.

Sanders had signed the offer sheet on Wednesday, which gave Pittsburgh until 11:59 p.m. Sunday to decide whether or not to match.

Sanders, a restricted free agent, was originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Last year, Sanders had 44 catches for 626 yards and one touchdown. In his career, Sanders has 94 receptions for 1,290 yards and five touchdowns.

With Mike Wallace signing in Miami, Sanders’ role in the offense figures to become greater next season.

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