Panthers, Robby Anderson Agree To Deal

On an afternoon featuring action on the wideout market, the top prize is now committed to a team. Robby Anderson will sign with the Panthers, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports (on Twitter).

It’s a two-year, $20MM deal for the four-year Jets contributor, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. Anderson will receive $12MM in 2020. Like P.J. Walker, Anderson is a Temple alum and spent most of his Owls tenure playing for new Panthers HC Matt Rhule.

Anderson adds a weapon to an intriguing Carolina skill-position corps that already includes Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel. The Jets had hoped to re-sign Anderson, and the four-year Jet wanted to stay. But the Jets preferred Anderson return for a price, and it appears the Panthers exceeded said price.

Anderson will also reunite with Teddy Bridgewater, his brief teammate during the 2018 offseason. Walker, however, was Anderson’s quarterback while at Temple. The Panthers signed Bridgewater and released Cam Newton on Tuesday. Interestingly, Bridgewater’s skill group looks far better than the one Newton took to Super Bowl 50. The Panthers saved $19MM by cutting Newton, helping them afford Anderson.

A New Jersey native, Anderson became one of the league’s premier deep threats despite going undrafted in 2016. He developed a rapport with Sam Darnold, but the Jets often struggled to assemble an aerial corps around Anderson. Still, the 26-year-old talent topped 750 receiving yards in three straight seasons and eclipsed 900 with Josh McCown running the show in 2017. Anderson averaged between 14.9 and 15.0 yards per reception from 2017-19.

While Anderson has encountered off-field trouble, he now has an eight-figure-AAV contract and will have the chance to re-enter free agency in his 20s.

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11 comments on “Panthers, Robby Anderson Agree To Deal

  1. Freddie Morales

    Jets need to go WR with 2 of their top 4 picks. really hoping to get Lamb or Jeudy at 11

    • braveshomer

      Jets should’ve just simply resigned this guy especially for 2yr/20mil….Gase always has a knack for getting rid talent so this isn’t a surprise in the slightest smh

  2. TJECK109

    For a team everyone thought might be rebuilding the Panthers sure are spending

  3. bigcat20

    Definitely need to draft top receivers with 1st & 2nd picks. Take OL in 3rd
    How about Jeudy & Higgins ???

    • frank858

      Ol in the 3rd is too far of a drop off, WR class is the deepest since the 80s need to get a good tackle or even with those 2 receivers Darnold can’t complete a pass from his back, not to mention he was already hearing footsteps and taking some serious hits.

  4. bumpy93

    nice move for Carolina. I thought they were tanking so they could land Trevor Lawrence in next year’s draft, but it doesn’t seem like they have interest in that

  5. Simmons>Russ

    Solid move for the Panthers.
    They were never going to go anywhere with Cam getting older and all banged up.
    Now they have a nice QB in Teddy, they have a top 3 RB and they got themselves a good WR in Anderson who is also familiar with the coach and QB.
    Panthers have a long way to go on this rebuild but I think what they have done with the offence so far has been good

  6. king beas

    He ran one route and disappeared for entire games don’t get why the jets are taking heat for letting him go. Never over 1000 yards and got more than Emmanuel Sanders not a great move

  7. BuckarooBanzai

    I’ll defer to the professionals but if I have Mac, DJ, Samuels, and Thomas …and I just signed Teddy at QB … and I have the 7th Pick …

    why?

    DJ & Curtis are better than Robby
    Running Mac into the ground ignores TG & DJ examples

    meh … deferring to the pros

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