SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – As the free agency season begins on March 9, a CBS Sports report claims that NFL wide receiver and SBHS alumnus Mohamed Sanu may be playing closer to home next season.
In a report Wednesday by CBSSports.com reporter Jason La Canfora, Sanu, 26, may be in the process of being wooed away from the Cincinnati Bengals by none other than the New York Giants.
“There are a multitude of other potential options at the receiver position, where the Giants are prioritizing finding a Robin to go with their Batman (Odell Beckham, Jr.), but few fit the bill as well as Sanu,” La Canfora’s report said. “The Bengals, his current employers, have never made a real concerted effort to retain him and they have a slew of potential free agents to sort through themselves as they try to keep their many starters who are set to hit the market (including Marvin Jones, another receiver of theirs who will do quite well in free agency himself). But with Victor Cruz's career in jeopardy and the Giants needing a presence in the slot and on the outside, Sanu ranks high for them.”
If there is any truth to the rumor, no one was talking about it on Thursday.
Messages left with La Canfora’s supervisor, the Giants media office and Sanu’s agent, Mike McCartney of Priority Sports based in Chicago, Illinois, were not returned as of Thursday afternoon.
Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan said the team could not officially comment on the story, and would probably only say something should the club re-sign Sanu or if the situation goes in a different direction.
In his fourth pro year, Sanu logged 33 receptions for 394 yards with an average of almost 12 yards per play.
While he did not catch a pass for a score in 2015, he did rush for two touchdowns during the season.
A third round draft pick by the Bengals in 2011, Sanu won a solid slot as the team’s third-string receiver behind A.J. Green and Marvin Jones.
An injury to Green in 2014 gave the Rutgers standout a career-high year, bringing in 56 catches for 790 yards and five touchdowns.
Sanu, in town on Feb. 3 to celebrate his nephew, Mohamed Jabbie’s signing for a Rutgers scholarship during a reception at South Brunswick High School, said that he had not heard anything at that point from the Bengals as to if he would be returning with a new contract.
Very mindful of his roots in South Brunswick and at Rutgers, where he set school records, Sanu attends as many local football games as his schedule allows, and even held a charity football camp for youngsters here last summer.
This is the first year Sanu can sign as a free agent and many pundits in the sports world are picking up La Canfora’s story and speculating on other teams besides “Big Blue” that may try and acquire his particular skill set.
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