Robby Anderson Reportedly Signing With Panthers

The Wide Receiver Won't Be Coming Back To The Jets

Alex Greenberg
March 24, 2020 - 3:45 pm

The Jets are reportedly losing one of their biggest offensive weapons.

According to multiple reports, free agent wide receiver Robby Anderson has agreed to a deal with the Carolina Panthers. Anderson’s Jets career ends after four seasons spent in New York, and Sam Darnold loses one of his key targets.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the deal is worth $20 million over two years.

Anderson caught 52 passes for 779 yards last season, his fourth with the Jets. He trailed only Jamison Crowder's 833 yards and six touchdowns for the team. Anderson recorded five touchdowns and seemed to be improving as the season went on. His best season with the Jets came in 2017, when he had seven touchdowns and 941 yards on 63 receptions.

Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs after a catch against Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) during the first half at FedExField
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Just under two weeks ago, Anderson said on ESPN that he "truly" wanted to be back with the Jets, and that the team "definitely" wanted him back.

Instead, the 26-year-old will now join a Panthers team that released Cam Newton on Tuesday. He will be playing once again for Matt Rhule, who was his old college coach at Temple.

Anderson thanked his former team with a message on Instagram.

Sincerely, --

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Jets fans would have been hoping to see Anderson re-signed so that he could continue to grow alongside Darnold, but now the 22-year-old will have to throw to a slightly different group of wideouts. After Jamison Crowder and Quincy Enunwa, there isn't a ton of depth at the position for Adam Gase's team. 

Anderson stayed on the market a while, so this is already pretty late in the free agency game. Joe Douglas will have to decide whether he wants to add to his receiving corps by signing a free agent or by finding someone in the NFL draft.