Robby Anderson

Robby Anderson: Jets “Want Me Back”

Robby Anderson is scheduled to reach free agency this offseason, but the wide receiver isn’t so sure that the Jets will let him get there.

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I know they’ve communicated that they do want me back,” Anderson said this week (via Bob Glauber of Newsday). “So, we’ve just got to see how it plays out.”

Anderson, 27 in May, indicated that talks are still preliminary and that numbers have yet to be exchanged. But, on his end, he expressed a desire to return to the only pro team he’s ever known.

In 2019, Anderson hauled in 52 receptions for 779 yards and five touchdowns. Those numbers don’t jump off of the page, but Anderson believes that he would have had a much stronger year if not for Sam Darnold‘s extended absence.

Anderson, who made the Jets as a UDFA out of Temple in 2016, has already expressed a desire to see what else is out there. The Jets will have to make a strong offer to keep him from testing the waters, but, either way, he stands to see a nice bump over his $3.095MM salary in 2019.

The Jets should have enough flexibility to keep Anderson on a multi-year pact – they enter the offseason with a projected $51MM in cap room and they can clear out more by shedding some veteran deals. That list includes Darryl Roberts, whose salaries of $6MM and $7MM in 2020 and 2021 are completely non-guaranteed. Guard Brian Winters also seems likely to get the heave-ho – the final year of his deal can be scrubbed without penalty, saving the Jets $7.28MM.

Across four seasons, Anderson has averaged 14.8 yards per catch. His best year, statistically, came in 2017 when he posted a 63/941/7 line.

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Extra Points: Thielen, Panthers, Falcons, Raiders

Vikings WR Adam Thielen suffered a bad cut on his ankle during Wednesday’s practice, reports NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero (via Twitter). The cut required stitches, but the team is optimistic that he’ll be good to go for Saturday’s playoff game against the 49ers. As the reporter notes, the organization is “still gathering information and will proceed with caution.”

The wideout appeared in 10 games this season – the first time in his NFL career that he didn’t appear in all 16 regular season contests. He finished the regular season with 30 receptions for 418 yards and six scores. He had a standout game during the Vikings win over the Saints last weekend, hauling in seven receptions for 129 yards.

If Thielen was forced out of the lineup, Kirk Cousins will predictably lean on wideout Stefon Diggs. The team could also turn to the likes of Olabisi Johnson, Alexander Hollins, and Laquon Treadwell.

Let’s check out some more notes from around the NFL…

  • Panthers general manager Marty Hurney will turn to head coach Matt Rhule as the team continues to rebuild the front office. Hurney told The Athletic’s Joe Person (Twitter link) that he’ll collaborate with Rhule as the organization hunts for an assistance GM. The executive cautioned that the search could take some time.
  • The Falcons will hire Joe Whitt Jr. for a defensive position on the coaching staff, reports ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. Whitt Jr. previously served as the Browns pass-game coordinator/secondary coach, and he was Atlanata’s assistant defensive backs coach back in 2007. It’s uncertain what specific role Whitt Jr. will take on under defensive coordinator Raheem Morris.
  • Vic Tafur of The Athletic opines that the Raiders should add a playmaking wideout this offseason, and he notes that the organization “really like[s]” one impending free agent: Jets receiver Robby Anderson. Current Raiders senior offensive assistant John Morton was the Jets offensive coordinator when Anderson had his most productive season in 2017.

Robby Anderson Likely To Test Free Agency

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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Jets Unlikely To Trade Robby Anderson

The Jets have discussed trades for several high-profile players, but it sounds like wide receiver Robby Anderson will be staying put. The Jets didn’t fetch any offers beyond a fourth-round pick, according to ESPN.com’s Chris Mortensen (Twitter link via SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano). 

The Jets, meanwhile, have been asking for a second-round pick, per Vacchiano, who sensed that the Jets would have settled for a third-round choice. With that said – a fourth-round pick won’t be enough to pry away the troubled, but talented, receiver.

Anderson, 26, has 21 catches for 309 yards and one touchdown to his credit this season. That includes a 92-yard TD against the Cowboys, which stands as one of the Jets’ few shining moments of 2019.

Across four seasons, Anderson has averaged 14.7 yards per catch. His best year, statistically, came in 2017 when he posted a 63/941/7 line.

Anderson would have represented a decent WR2 and a very strong WR3 for other clubs, but, apparently, he wasn’t worth the price of a second or third-round pick for any team. Earlier this week, he was speculatively linked to the Raiders. He was also of interest to the Packers, according to ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky (on Twitter).

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Raiders Looking To Trade For WRs

The Raiders are on the lookout for wide receivers as Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline approaches, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com hears (Twitter link). One possible target for Oakland, he hears, is Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson, who is one of several Gang Green players on the block

The Raiders already swung one October trade for a wide receiver when they brought in Zay Jones from the Bills, but their work might not be done. Besides Jones, the Raiders’ WR group includes Tyrell Williams, Dwayne Harris, Hunter Renfrow, Trevor Davis, Keelan Doss, and Marcell Ateman. They had Williams on the field this weekend, which is a positive development, but the Raiders’ No. 1 target came up short down the stretch in Sunday’s loss to the Texans.

I’ll look back at this game and see missed opportunities for myself,” said Williams, who was being hard on himself, even after making some key plays in the second half. “I just have to make those plays on that last drive. There are easy fixes. I just have to make those plays.”

On that front – quarterback Derek Carr says he’ll continue to send the ball in Williams’ direction.

There are two or three that he wants back, but you guys know me. I’m going to keep throwing it to him,” Carr said. “When we had [Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree] rolling, a drop didn’t matter. I was going to keep throwing them the ball. They are going to get chances. The ball is still coming with confidence…Whenever they want to single him up and make him beat us, we’re going to take that chance. There were probably two or three where I could’ve delivered a better ball or that he’d want back.”

If the Raiders can add another talented WR to the fold between now and tomorrow afternoon, Williams may benefit from some improved matchups.

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Robby Anderson Likely To Be Traded

We heard earlier this week that the Jets would consider trading wide receiver Robby Anderson for the right price, and Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports goes one step further, reporting that Anderson is almost certain to be dealt.

Plenty of teams have expressed interest in upgrading their receiving corps in advance of this Tuesday’s trade deadline, and big names like Emmanuel Sanders and Mohamed Sanu have already been moved. But clubs like the Saints, Eagles, and Jaguars continue to be on the lookout for a receiver, and with A.J. Green unlikely to be traded, Anderson may be the best receiver on the block.

Anderson will be a free agent after the 2019 season, and it’s common knowledge that the current Jets regime does not have much interest in re-signing him, so it’s unclear what kind of return Gang Green can expect. But Anderson is young, cheap, and explosive, so it makes sense that there is plenty of interest in his services.

The 3-4 Jaguars are perhaps the most surprising of Anderson’s potential suitors, especially since Anderson is essentially a two-month rental, but La Canfora says Jacksonville has let other teams know it intends to be a buyer, not a seller (the recent Jalen Ramsey blockbuster notwithstanding). With QB Nick Foles on the mend, the Jags seem to be eyeing a run at a wildcard berth.

Anderson has 17 catches for 266 yards and a score this year, though the Jets have been without starting QB Sam Darnold for most of the season. The Temple product does boast a very good 14.8 yards-per-reception mark in his career.

Jets Willing To Deal Anderson, Williams

Five days away from this year’s trade deadline, the Jets are ready to be sellers. Both Robby Anderson and Leonard Williams are available for the right price, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

Both players are in the final years of their respective contracts, and the Jets are hoping to be sellers and add 2020 picks, per Mehta. Each Jets starter has surfaced in trade talks for a bit now, and the Jets tried to move Anderson before last year’s deadline. The Eagles were interested, but nothing materialized.

Williams is playing out a $14.2MM fifth-year option, while Anderson is attached to a second-round RFA tender worth $3.1MM. Neither is having a statistically productive season, though some of Anderson’s struggles can be traced to the Jets being without Sam Darnold for much of this season. Anderson led the past two Jet teams in receiving yards — 941 and 762, respectively — and produced a 125-yard game against the Cowboys in Darnold’s first game back. The deep threat will surely generate interest in the coming days.

The Jets have seen older wideouts produce strong trade returns this week. Anderson, 26, is four years younger than Mohamed Sanu and six years younger than Emmanuel Sanders. New York traded for Demaryius Thomas early in the season and has journeyman Josh Bellamy as an outside receiving option. With Anderson being a Mike Maccagnan-era investment, is is fair to assume he will not be in the now-Joe Douglas-run team’s plans after 2019.

The 2015 No. 6 overall pick, Williams has not recorded a sack this season and grades as Pro Football Focus’ No. 83 overall interior defender. Once rumored to be interested in extending Williams, the Jets are now reportedly seeking a package fronted by a third-round pick for the defensive end.

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Latest On Jets’ Star Players, GM Search

Rich Cimini of ESPN.com passes along a number of interesting notes about the Jets this morning, including a few thoughts and reports on the futures of certain key players and the team’s hunt for a new GM.

For instance, Cimini reports that there is already speculation in league circles that head coach/interim GM Adam Gase is looking to move on from defensive lineman Leonard Williams. That does not mean that Gase wants to trade or cut Williams in 2019, but it sounds as though the new regime would be perfectly willing to allow Williams to sign elsewhere when he becomes a free agent at the end of the year. Cimini suggests that the club could franchise tag Williams or execute a tag-and-trade, but a long-term deal with the Jets does not seem likely at this point.

With respect to Le’Veon Bell, whose signing was a factor in the deteriorating relationship between Gase and former GM Mike Maccagnan, Cimini says it would not be surprising to see the Jets trade Bell after the 2019 season. If they cannot find a trade partner, then Bell can easily be cut after the 2020 season, when all of his guaranteed money will have been paid.

Robby Anderson‘s future with the club is more straightforward. Gase appreciates Anderson’s talent, and if the big-play wideout has a strong 2019, he could be back with Gang Green on a multi-year pact. If he disappoints, he will be gone.

And as far as the club’s GM search is concerned, Cimini says that the rumors connecting Peyton Manning to the job have no substance and that Manning is not on the Jets’ radar at the moment (which jibes with a report from yesterday). Cimini also hears that Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas remains the odds-on favorite for the job. Douglas has been billed as the front-runner since Maccagnan was fired.

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Jets’ Robby Anderson Signs Tender

Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson has signed his restricted free agent tender, according to Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter). That leaves Anderson with a one-year, $3.095MM deal for the 2019 season and leaves the Rams’ Cory Littleton and Troy Hill as the league’s only unsigned RFAs. 

Anderson was eyeing a long-term deal, but he had little recourse at this juncture of the offseason. April 19 was the deadline for players to sign offer sheets with other teams, leaving the wide receiver with two options: sign or stay home.

Anderson has led the Jets in receiving yards in the last two seasons and boasts a career average of 14.7 yards per grab. Last year’s 50/752/6 stat line showed promise, though the Jets may have some pause about his off-the-field antics.

Meanwhile, he’ll have to impress a new front office regime, which may actually work to his benefit.

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Jets Tender Robby Anderson

The Jets announced that they have applied the second-round tender to wide receiver Robby Anderson. The one-year tender will pay Anderson $3.095MM for the upcoming season. 

As a restricted free agent, Anderson can negotiate with any club through April 19. If he signs an offer sheet with a new club, the Jets could match the offer to keep him. If the Jets do not match such an offer, they will receive a second-round draft choice. While Anderson has talent, it seems unlikely that a team will offer him substantial money and forfeit a valuable second-round pick in order to add him.

Anderson, 26 in May, made some noise in 2017 with 63 catches for 941 yards and seven touchdowns. He had a quieter year in 2018, even as his off-the-field antics made noise in the New York tabloids. He finished out last season with a 50/752/6 stat line across 14 games. With upwards of $100MM in cap room – and even more flexibility remaining – the Jets can easily afford to keep Anderson in the fold at a ~$3MM rate.

In addition to Anderson, the Jets have also retained all nine of their exclusive-rights free agents:

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