ESPN’s Vaughn McClure reports that the Atlanta Falcons are set to bring in Cincinnati Bengals free-agent wide receiver Mohamed Sanu for a visit as early as tonight. An earlier report from ESPN’s Diana Russini indicated that the Falcons were the “favorite” to land Sanu after reports surfaced that the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots were also looking at the fifth-year wideout.
Sanu, 26, is coming off a disappointing season in Cincinnati that saw his production fell. After catching a career-high 56 passes for 709 yards and five touchdowns in 2014 as a 13-game starter, he only caught 33 passes for 394 yards and no touchdowns while starting just four games in 2015.
Sanu was originally selected out of Rutgers in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, coming to the Bengals with high expectations to be a complement to 2011 No. 1 selection A.J. Green. While Sanu did manage to start 34 games over the next four seasons, it never coalesced into a permanent role opposite Green, as he was surpassed in production by Marvin Jones in both 2013 and 2015. Sanu’s breakout in 2014 came largely thanks to the absence of Jones, who missed the entire season with an injury.
If he joins the Falcons, Sanu hopes to find greener pastures opposite Julio Jones. The Falcons released long-time stalwart Roddy White last week and are looking for another receiver to line up opposite Jones and second-year slot receiver Justin Hardy.
Terms of Sanu’s potential contract are unknown, but per Russini, he could land a deal that averages north of $7 million per year. FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo reports that the Falcons had previously offered Sanu $30 million over five years.