The Denver Broncos exercised the contract option of top receiver Emmanuel Sanders on Monday, bringing him back for a sixth season, according to multiple reports.
Speaking to reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month, Broncos general manager John Elway said the team would pick up the option for Sanders.
The two-time Pro Bowl selection is entering the final year of a four-year, $38.6 million contract that included $20 million guaranteed at signing. Sanders will earn a base salary of $10.25 million in 2019, per Spotrac, with the option now guaranteeing $1.5 million of that salary.
Sanders, who turns 32 on Sunday, tore his left Achilles tendon in a Dec. 5 practice. He finished the season with 71 catches for 868 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games. He also ran for a score and threw a TD pass.
He tweeted Sunday that he is recovering nicely from the injury.
“Stronger more confident everyday,” Sanders wrote. “Wayyy ahead of schedule according to the trainers.”