Emmanuel SandersWhile you were sleeping, Patriots fans who were awake ran the gamut of emotions.

Around 1 a.m., a report came out from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the Patriots had signed Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to an offer sheet. Since Sanders is a restricted free agent, that meant the cash-strapped Steelers would have to match the offer sheet, or the Patriots would get the wideout in exchange for a third-round pick.

Adam Schefter of ESPN.com dropped the hammer at 6:57 a.m., though, saying the Patriots were still “mulling whether to sign” the receiver to the offer sheet. The Patriots brought Sanders, safety Adrian Wilson and defensive ends John Abraham and Dwight Freeney in for visits on Friday. So far, Wilson is the only player to have come away with a contract.

On top of re-signing cornerback Kyle Arrington, New England has also signed running back Leon Washington and wide receivers Donald Jones and Danny Amendola since the league year start date of March 12. They have lost Wes Welker, Danny Woodhead and Patrick Chung.

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