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Antonio Brown on Emmanuel Sanders’ Ben Roethlisberger comments: ‘That was terrible’

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is not happy with ex-teammate Emmanuel Sanders for his comments made about Ben Roethlisberger.

Sanders, who spent four seasons with the Steelers before signing with the Broncos in March, compared his new quarterback with his old quarterback and enumerated the ways Peyton Manning is a better leader than Big Ben. That all didn’t sit well with Brown, who is one of the top receivers on the Steelers.

“That was terrible,” Brown said of Sanders’ comments. “You don’t throw your QB under the bus, the guy who made you who you are.”

SI’s Don Banks reports Brown says he contacted Sanders.

Again, this was another case where the comments and headlines probably make Sanders’ comments look worse than they were. He was really just praising Manning and talking about the way the quarterback spends so much extra time outside of practice trying to be great. Roethlisberger isn’t as good as Manning, and the extra work Peyton puts in could just be an extra reason why.

Big Ben shouldn’t take offense to the comments and should use them as motivation to work even harder. Brown is just being a good teammate by defending his guy.

Sanders, for his part, addressed his comments via Twitter Monday:

Emmanuel Sanders: Peyton Manning is a better leader than Ben Roethlisberger

Emmanuel Sanders SteelersEmmanuel Sanders has plenty of respect for his former quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but it hasn’t taken him long to figure out that Peyton Manning is an even better leader.

Sanders caught 11 touchdowns in four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and left to sign with the Denver Broncos in March.

During an interview Friday with “The Drive” on 104.3 The Fan in Denver, Sanders compared and contrasted Peyton and Big Ben. He reluctantly pointed out the reality that Manning is a better leader.

“(From) a mental standpoint, I don’t care to really say this, but I feel Peyton is a far better leader,” Sanders said. “In terms of staying after practice, catching balls, wanting guys to get on the same page with him and things of that sort.

“This is the first time that I had a quarterback that stays every single day after practice, no matter what his accolades. From NFL MVP, Super Bowl rings. He keeps guys like me and (Cody) Lattimore after practice and we’re out there 15, 20 minutes. And he’s not one of those guys you gotta go chase down, he’s gonna be right at the same spot ready to work, every single day.

“And I just feel like that’s the difference from a mental standpoint of the both. But both of them are winners. And Ben, his playing style is a lot different. Ben, with the system that he’s in Pittsburgh, he takes advantage of it.”

We’ve heard this sort of thing about Peyton for years, so it’s really no surprise to hear that he is still driven and dedicated to being the best even at age 38. You think being an MVP comes by accident?

Still, Sanders wanted to make sure his comments didn’t come off as if he were disparaging Big Ben.

“I’ve got so much love for Big Ben, he’s helped me out tremendously in so many ways,” Sanders said. “On and off the field, he’s made me a better player. But at the same time, I’m not gonna lie, I’m happy to be a part of this organization. I’m happy to have Peyton Manning as my quarterback.”

The reviews about Sanders have been strong so far. Eric Decker signed with the Jets and Sanders will have a chance to step in and produce. Given all his extra work with Peyton, we’re banking on him having a big season for the Broncos. And if Roethlisberger takes offense to the comments, maybe he needs to change the way does business.

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Emmanuel Sanders’ agent Steve Weinberg allegedly broke ‘every rule in negotiations’

Emmanuel Sanders SteelersEmmanuel Sanders agreeing to a deal with the Denver Broncos might not be the biggest NFL news around, but at least one team appears to be extremely upset over what happened.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, one team executive claims that Sanders’ agent, Steve Weinberg, agreed to a deal in principle with the Kansas City Chiefs and still shopped his client around to other teams. Weinberg supposedly shopped the offer from the Chiefs to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before eventually agreeing to a deal with KC’s AFC West rival. Rapoport also says Sanders and Weinberg irritated the 49ers by cancelling a visit with them.

An agent has the right to shop his client to whomever he wants, but it is considered poor form to agree to a deal with a team and then continue to shop around your client, which is what it sounds like Weinberg did.

Rapoport says Weinberg was recently reinstated by the NFLPA after being barred and decertified in 2003.

If Sanders blows out for the Broncos, expect Chiefs fans to be peeved. If he gets hurt or doesn’t play well, they’ll probably be happy that the deal never went through.

Emmanuel Sanders did Ray Lewis dance after scoring TD (GIF)

Emmanuel-Sanders-Ray-Lewis-dancePittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders caught an 8-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter on Thursday night to cut the Baltimore Ravens’ lead to 13-7. He was understandably excited that he helped keep his team in the game, but did he need to take his life into his own hands?

After scoring, Sanders decided it was a good idea to break out the Ray Lewis dance in Baltimore. Considering it was Thanksgiving, the celebration could only have ended in two ways — with Ray Lewis coming out of nowhere and cutting Sanders’ hands off with an electric carving knife, or with Sanders being forgiven in the interest of holiday spirit. Fortunately, it appears the latter held true.

Mike Tomlin has already banned Sanders from one particular type of celebration. You have to wonder if this one will be next.

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