The Patriots put a $2.5 million offer out to Steelers restricted free-agent Emmanuel Sanders. There was much debate as to whether the Steelers would match or not. After Ben Roethlisberger rallied for the team to retain Sanders, the Steelers have officially matched the offer.
Steelers match the 1-yr, $2.5 mill offer on WR Emmanuel Sanders
— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) April 14, 2013
So, the good news is that the Patriots keep their third round pick, the bad news is that they'll have to take their chances on finding Tom Brady a reliable target in the draft. That is not something they've had much success with.