Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson seems likely to test free agency. Anderson told reporters, including Rich Cimini of ESPN.com, that it “wouldn’t really be logical” to re-sign with New York prior to hitting the open market (Twitter link).
Anderson, who will turn 27 in May, hasn’t foreclosed the possibility of returning to the Jets, but he seems perfectly content to move on. When asked after Sunday’s season finale if he would like to be back with the Jets, Anderson said, “I’m hoping for the best. If that’s what’s best, I would hope so.” He also believes he is a No. 1 wideout, saying “I think if I was given the opportunities consistently throughout the year and my quarterback wasn’t out, I think I definitely would’ve been up there.”
Anderson may not be one of the game’s elite — his own opinions on the matter notwithstanding — but he has undeniable talent and will surely attract plenty of interest in free agency. A bonafide deep threat who has averaged just shy of 15 yards-per-catch in his four-year career, Anderson posted 52 catches for 779 yards and five TDs in 2019, and his size and speed would be a boost to almost any receiving corps.
The potential parting of the ways between Anderson and the Jets doesn’t come as much of a surprise, considering that Anderson was on the trade block in October. Anderson was also hopeful for a long-term deal this offseason, but he was instead forced to accept his RFA tender, and the Jets haven’t shown much interest in keeping him around long-term.
Regardless of where he signs, Anderson will get a nice raise over the $3.095MM he made under the tender this year.
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