Reports: Bills sign Emmanuel Sanders, trade Lee Smith

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The Buffalo Bills have agreed to terms on a contract with wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and also traded tight end Lee Smith to the Atlanta Falcons, according to two separate reports Tuesday night.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Bills have agreed to sign Sanders, who has yet to officially be released by the New Orleans Saints, but will be and is flying to Buffalo for a physical.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the team has sent Smith to the Falcons for a late-round draft choice in 2022.

Sanders, a 12-year veteran, spent last season with the New Orleans Saints where he caught 61 balls for 726 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games.

By joining the Bills, he essentially replaces John Brown, who was a cap casualty for the Bills this season after only appearing in nine games in 2020 due to injuries.

He will also serve as a complement to Stefon Diggs, who is coming off a career-year in his first season as a member of the Bills.

While the 33-year-old may not be the same receiver he once was, Sanders also brings veteran leadership and Super Bowl pedigree to the Bills, who lost to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game last year.

Sanders was a member of the 2015 Denver Broncos Super Bowl championship team and also appeared in Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a rookie in 2010 and as a member of the San Francisco 49ers in 2019, where he was traded to mid-season to provide a boost for their offense.

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