An ambitious free agency plan may well push the Jets into the deep waters of the offensive line, edge rusher and cornerback markets. But they have been discussing a deal with Robby Anderson for weeks now.
The free agent wideout stands to enter free agency as one of the top receivers available — perhaps the group’s top target, should the Cowboys and Bengals respectively lock down Amari Cooper and A.J. Green — but Anderson wants to return to the Jets. Although his New York stay has been far from smooth, the soon-to-be 27-year-old talent would like to return on a second contract.
“I think they definitely want me back. I truly do want to be back with the Jets,” Anderson said during a Tuesday appearance on ESPN’s NFL Live (via ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini). “I love Sam (Darnold). I love my teammates, Jamal (Adams) and all those guys. I feel like there’s unfinished business there that I’ve been trying to get done since I got there. I would hope to finish out the mission, all in all, but it’s a business.”
Anderson has previously said the Jets want him to stay, and the Jets are believed to be trying to keep him. But if the market for Anderson exceeds $10MM per year, the Jets may bow out. The deep threat could be expected to fetch that, but considering the monster wideout class coming in the draft, it is not a lock a team will submit an offer too far out of the Jets’ potential price range.
In addition to wanting to keep Anderson, the Jets are eyeing two top-end offensive linemen on the market. They are also looking into Jadeveon Clowney, planning to pursue Dante Fowler and are interested in top corners Chris Harris, Byron Jones and James Bradberry. Gang Green has not had much luck with free agency in recent years, but new GM Joe Douglas appears to have big ambitions. It will be interesting to see how the Jets fare on the market. The team is set to hold at least $52MM in cap space — 13th in the league as of Tuesday.
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