The Cincinnati Bengals lost a second wide receiver to free agency, as versatile playmaker Mohamed Sanu agreed to a five-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons, the team announced today.
The deal is for $32 million, with $14 million guaranteed, according to ESPN Staff Writer Vaughn McClure. The Falcons have been making some major moves so far in free agency, including signing three-time Pro Bowl center Alex Mack to a five-year deal yesterday.
Sanu looks to add some excitement to an offense that limped to an 8-8 finish after a blistering 5-0 start. He adds more than just another receiving threat to this team, however. For the Bengals, he ran the ball occasionally, in addition to lining up as the Wildcat quarterback.
The Falcons released all-time leading receiver Roddy White last week, so Sanu appears poised to step into a leading role for the first time since injuries derailed the seasons of fellow Bengals receivers A.J. Green and Marvin Jones in 2014.
The 6-foot-2 wideout should take some pressure off of Julio Jones, who has recorded over 100 receptions in each of the last two seasons, as well as catching a combined 14 TDs over the same period.
The Falcons are building a young, exciting core of players on the offensive side of the ball, including Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman. Although they unfortunately play the Carolina Panthers twice every season, the addition of Sanu should pay dividends in their quest for a playoff berth in 2016.