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Monday’s Morning Mashup: New Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders defends agent against accusations of misleading teams

03.17.14 at 7:55 am ET

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— The agent for new Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is coming under fire for the way he handled negotiations with two other teams before settling on Denver.

Steve Weinberg, who only recently was reinstated by the NFL Players Association after being barred and decertified in 2003 reportedly for financial irregularities, was shopping Sanders to the Chiefs and Buccaneers. He also apparently agreed to a visit with the 49ers but blew it off.

According to a report by’s Ian Rapoport, a team source said Weinberg accepted a deal in principle with the Chiefs, then closed in on a deal with the Buccaneers before signing with the Broncos.

“This was one of the worst situations in modern football negotiations,” one executive involved told “Totally wrong. This needs to be stopped.”

Weinberg declined comment, but Sanders downplayed the matter at his Sunday press conference.

“There was no handshake,” the former Steeler said. “There was no kind of agreement in terms of — you know — we were close to a deal, but it wasn’t anything official just yet.”

— NFL teams are shuffling bodies around to stay under the salary cap, and the Jets are no exception. releasing receiver Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie last week. However, there’s another candidate who has yet to be moved from New York: quarterback Mark Sanchez.

With a $2 million roster bonus due later this month — and with Geno Smith having taken his job last season — Sanchez seems likely to be elsewhere soon.

Asked by TMZ if he would like to play on the West Coast, the former USC star said, “I do love the West Coast, but I’m a Jet for two more years at least on my contract. I love New York, I’ve had a ball there.”

Sanchez was injured in the third preseason game last year, otherwise things might have turned out differently.

“Things were going great, I was competing well, felt like I was winning the job and then I got hurt, so we’ll see what happens,” Sanchez said. “I know management has some decisions to make here in the next few days.”

— Phillies Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt announced Sunday that he is recovering from skin cancer, having undergone two operations, radiation and chemotherapy.

Schmidt, who arrived in Clearwater, Fla., to start his second season as a member of the Phillies broadcast team but was unable to be a spring training guest instructor because of his health, expressed optimism about his battle with Stage 3 melanoma, which was diagnosed in August.

“I feel fantastic right now,” the 64-year-old said.

Schmidt said he feels fortunate that he was able to have his cancer detected and treated before it was too late.

“I was doing a closing on a house and I had a thing on my hand,” he recalled. “I just went in and said, ‘Can you look at this?’ and he said, ‘Why don’t I take a look at your whole body while you’re here.’ Obviously the moral of the story is, everybody, get your skin checked. I think at least once a month, now that I know what I know. I caught it early.

“If I hadn’t gone into see my dermatologist in late August, I might still have it. It might be more than Stage 3. Even though that was a tough couple months, I’m a very lucky man.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 17, 1979, which Bruins goalie got the win in a 4-2 decision over the visiting Blackhawks and became the third netminder in team history with 200 wins in a B’s uniform?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “That’s a tough one to swallow. [Kris Humphries] hitting that big shot to send it into overtime, we thought we could win. In the end we came up short.” Celtics forward Jared Sullinger, on Sunday’s 121-120 loss to the Pelicans

STAT OF THE DAY: 16 — Errors in 17 spring training games for the Red Sox, who committed a pair in Sunday’s 8-4 loss to the Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla.

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Chilean cyclist Irene Aravena, unaware that a false start has been called and that a portable starting gate remains on the course, destroys her bike and breaks her leg in multiple places during this accident on an oval at the Odesur Games in Santiago, Chile.

From a soccer game in Jordan, Motaz Salhani scores an amazing back-heel goal for Al Wehdat vs. Al Ramtha.

From Friday night’s game in Philadelphia, 76ers guard Tony Wroten becomes the third player this season to have his sneaker fall apart on him while he’s playing.

Here’s a trailer for a make-believe ESPN 30 for 30 documentary on former Celtic Brian Scalabrine.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Gerry Cheevers

SOOTHING SOUNDS: John Sebastian was born on this day in 1944.

Read More: Emmanuel Sanders, Mark Sanchez, Mike Schmidt, Steve Weinberg