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Sanders signs 3-year, $33M extension with Broncos

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The Denver Broncos used the months after Super Bowl 50 to refashion a massive new contract for pass rusher Von Miller and lock down linebacker Brandon Marshall with a four-year, $32 million deal.

One day before kicking off their title defense against the Carolina Panthers, the defending champs on Wednesday handled one final bit of housecleaning: paying Emmanuel Sanders.

Broncos general manager John Elway tweeted that the veteran receiver agreed to a three-year extension, writing: "He plays with intensity and we love the way he competes."

NFL Network's James Palmer reported that the three-year pact is worth $33 million and runs through 2019. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport added that Sanders will receive $27 million in guarantees.

Prior to the extension, Sanders was set to make $5.6 million this season as part of the three-year, $15 million deal he signed in 2014. Fellow Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas also inked a five-year, $70 million contract last offseason, ensuring that new starting quarterback Trevor Siemian -- and, ultimately, rookie Paxton Lynch -- will have both players on the field for years to come.

The Broncos, incidentally, are the only club with multiple 1,000-yard receivers in each of the past two seasons.

He's no longer among the NFL's younger crop of pass-catchers, but Sanders fits well into coach Gary Kubiak's system and remains a key part of this offense -- no matter how run-oriented the Broncos become in 2016.

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