Robby Anderson

Failed Trades: Beasley, Fowler, Jets, Jags

After the trade deadline passes each year, there are inevitably reports about the trades that were discussed but never consummated. For instance, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that teams were trying to trade for Falcons pass rusher Vic Beasley (video link). Beasley has just one sack this year, and he has regressed considerably since his First Team All-Pro performance in 2016, but Atlanta believes it can make the playoffs this season, and it was not prepared to move a foundational piece like Beasley, who is under contract through 2019 via the fifth-year option.

Now for more reports concerning trades that never happened, which nonetheless shed some light on the teams that declined to make the deals, the clubs that tried to make the deals, and the players themselves:

  • The Jets, desperate for pass rushing help, inquired on former Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler over the summer, and they tried again at last week’s trade deadline, as Adam Schefter of ESPN.com details. The Rams ultimately acquired Fowler in exchange for a 2019 third-rounder and 2020 fifth-rounder, and while the Jets submitted a similar offer about a half hour before the 4pm deadline on October 30, they also wanted a fourth-rounder to come back to them. As such, Jacksonville pulled the trigger on the Rams’ offer.
  • Interestingly, before dealing him to the Saints in August, the Jets offered quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the Jaguars in a one-for-one swap for Fowler, per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. Jacksonville rebuffed that proposal, even though it knew that Fowler was probably on the way out, and given their QB struggles, that decision may have made a major difference in the Jags’ season.
  • Fowler may not have been the Rams‘ first choice for pass rushing help. We already knew that Los Angeles had made a significant offer for Khalil Mack before he was dealt to the Bears, but Schefter writes that the Rams also called the Texans to discuss Jadeveon Clowney in the first weeks of the season, and as late as last week, they made a push to acquire the BillsJerry Hughes.
  • Several teams, including the Eagles, called the Jets in an effort to acquire deep threat Robby Anderson, per ESPN’s Chris Mortensen (Twitter link). However, Gang Green opted to hold on to Anderson because the development of Sam Darnold remains the team’s top priority, and it did not want to remove one of Darnold’s biggest weapons.

AFC Notes: Bowlen, Broncos, Cabinda, Raiders, Anderson, Jets

Recently we broke down the latest drama in the Bowlen family regarding ownership of the Broncos. Since then, even more information has come pouring in with a pair of new reports. Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic went through the entire 21-page lawsuit filed by owner Pat Bowlen‘s brother Bill, and broke down all of the complaints. Essentially, Bill is challenging the legitimacy of the trust that has been running the Broncos, by claiming the trust was formed after Pat had already lost his ability to act as his own attorney. Jhabvala writes that the filing “may only be [the] start of [a] messy battle for control” of the team.

Separately, Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post reports that Bill’s legal team is hoping to settle the dispute outside of the court system. Bill’s lawyers said their hope is to have “discussions with the trustees and their attorneys” and avoid a legal resolution. It’s unclear what their endgame is, as they don’t likely have much legal standing due to Bill selling his remaining shares in the team back in 2002. Bill is reportedly working with one of Pat’s daughters, Beth Bowlen Wallace, in their quest to take ownership over. There should be even more details in the coming days.

Here’s more from around the AFC:

  • Former Penn State linebacker Jason Cabinda didn’t make the Raiders out of training camp, but the team remained high on him. They signed him to the practice squad, and now Oakland apparently counting on him to play a major role in their defense moving forward, according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic. Tafur writes that “all indications” are Cabinda is going to play a heavy amount of snaps this weekend against the Colts. The Raiders cut veteran Derrick Johnson recently, and Tafur writes they did so in large part because they believe in Cabinda.
  • Robby Anderson has started to find a groove recently and form a connection with Sam Darnold, but the Jets receiver looks like he’ll be sidelined this week against the Bears. Anderson is dealing with an ankle sprain, and has been downgraded to doubtful for the game. With Quincy Enunwa, also out, the Jets’ receiving corp will be very thin and New York will likely have to lean heavily on recent free-agent signee Rishard Matthews.
  • In case you missed it, the Texans worked out receiver Brice Butler earlier today in the wake of Will Fuller‘s ACL tear.

No Suspension For Jets’ Robby Anderson

After a pair of arrests, Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson appeared on track for a suspension from the NFL. However, the league has confirmed that Anderson will not be suspended for any of his legal run-ins, according to Manish Mehta of the Daily News (on Twitter). 

Anderson’s first incident took place in May of last year when he resisted arrest with violence after allegedly getting into a fight at a Florida music festival. Then, in January of this year, Anderson was pulled over for driving 105 mph in a 45 mph zone. The 25-year-old was initially hit with nine charges from that arrest and police say that he threatened to sexually assault the wife of the arresting officer.

Over the summer, Florida prosecutors dropped the felony charges associated with the music festival brawl. Later on, Anderson received six months of non-reporting probation to settle the reckless driving incident.

This is tremendous news for the 1-3 Jets, who can use all the help they can get. As opposing defenses focus on Quincy Enunwa, they’ll need Anderson to exploit weaker coverage. Through one month of football, Enunwa leads the Jets in receiving with 21 grabs for 278 yards and one touchdown. Anderson, meanwhile, has just eight catches for 108 yards and a score.

The Jets – with Anderson in the lineup – will face the Broncos in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday.

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East Notes: Patriots, Jets, Anderson, Donahue, Giants, Beckham

The Patriots are annually one of the toughest teams to gauge heading into September. They often make a few moves right before roster cut-downs, and this year is shaping up to be no different. With a slew of injuries, releases, and retirements to their receiving corps, a move for a veteran wide receiver is a definite possibility.

Whatever happens, it’s clear the Patriots will likely add some players who aren’t currently on the roster before Week 1, whether by trade or free agent signing. With that in mind, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe took a stab at projecting the Patriots‘ roster, and had a few interesting predictions.

It seems to be a consensus now that there is only a single roster spot available for either Jeremy Hill or Mike Gilislee, and Volin thinks Hill will win the battle. Despite being very thin at receiver entering the season, Volin doesn’t think sixth round rookie Braxton Berrios will make the team. He also thinks the team will opt against carrying three quarterbacks this year, cutting rookie seventh-rounder Danny Etling.

Here’s more from the league’s Eastern divisions:

  • One final note on Odell Beckham Jr.’s record deal with the Giants, the base value is actually only $90MM not $95MM according to Albert Breer of SI.com (Twitter link). The deal contains $5MM in incentives in the final two years of the deal that could push the total value to $95MM.
  • Receiver Robby Anderson and linebacker Dylan Donahue haven’t been suspended yet, but neither Jets player is out of the woods, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN (Twitter link). “Both cases remain under review” writes Cimini. Anderson was arrested multiple times this offseason and Donahue, a 2017 fifth-rounder, was arrested twice for DWI.
  • In case you missed it, the Patriots signed guard Shaq Mason to a huge five-year extension worth up to $50MM.

 

AFC Notes: Ravens, Flacco, Brady, Jets

Receiver Breshad Perriman has disappointed since being selected in the first round of the 2015 draft. In three seasons with the Ravens, the 24-year-old has hauled in only 43 receptions for 576 yards and three touchdowns. Considering his lack of production and the team’s depth at his position, Perriman understands that this is a make-or-break year.

“It’s a scary topic,” he told Edward Lee of The Baltimore Sun. “You know what’s on the line; you know that everything is on the line. It’s kind of like a make-or-break year, but at the same time, you can’t put that extra pressure on yourself. So I just really want to go out there and get better every day and control what you can control. Go out there and get better every day and go hard and everything will play out.”

The Ravens signed three free agent receivers in Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead, and the also drafted a pair of wideouts in Jaleel Scott and Jordan Lasley. Naturally, Perriman recognizes that he’ll have to compete for a roster spot.

“This whole game is nothing but competition,” he said. “So it’s basically just the same thing. We all embrace it, and we all know that it’s a lot of competition. At the same time, we still want the best for each other and we still encourage each other and motivate each other. When we step out here between these lines, we’re all just trying to compete and make plays.”

Let’s take a look at some more notes from around the AFC…

  • There’s been plenty of talk about the Ravens decision to select quarterback Lamar Jackson in the first round of this past year’s draft. Agent Joe Linta told Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic that incumbent quarterback Joe Flacco had expected the organization to select a signal-caller, just not in the first round. “We talked about it many times, We knew they were going to draft somebody; I would have thought it may have been a Mason Rudolph situation,” said Linta, referring to the situation between the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger. “But they had a guy they targeted, and they took him. They didn’t do anything wrong…A lot of people in the media have to create a controversy. No one is mad that they picked a QB. [Ravens executives] are not stupid. They want to win more than they want Joe out. You got a 33-year-old guy with two major injuries. It would be bad business for them to not have a good guy behind him.”
  • Tom Brady may have been absent from team OTAs, but it sounds like he’s going to be early for Patriots training camp. As Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com points out, Brady commented on a Patriots Instagram post stating that he’ll be showing up to training camp four days early. Brady has previously said he missed non-mandatory minicamp due to “personal reasons,” and he made an appearance at Patriots practice in early June.
  • Jets wideout Robby Anderson is set to be a restricted free agent next offseason, and Brian Costello of the New York Post says it’d be a shock if the team didn’t bring him back. However, the writer notes that the embattled 25-year-old could receive a lucrative offer from another team if he has a big 2018 season. Legal issues aside, the former undrafted free agent has looked like a starting receiver during his two years with the Jets, including a 2017 campaign where he hauled in 63 receptions for 941 yards and seven touchdowns.

Jets’ Robby Anderson Receives Probation

Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson pled no contest to charges of reckless driving this week, attorney Ed O’Donnell tells Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (on Twitter). As a result, he’ll get six months of “non-reporting” probation. With that, all of the charges from Anderson’s two arrests have been addressed. 

This particular arrest was for Anderson’s speeding incident, in which he was pulled over for driving 105 mph in a 45 mph zone. The 25-year-old was hit with nine charges in total after he threatened to sexually assault the wife of the arresting officer. The majority of those charges were dropped, which was good news for Anderson since three of the nine charges were felonies.

This incident is not to be confused with the one at a Miami music festival in which Anderson was said to have resisted arrest with violence after getting into a fight. Last month, Florida prosecutors dropped the felony charges associated with that incident.

Legally speaking, Anderson is pretty much in the clear. However, it’s possible that he will face league discipline after the NFL completes its investigation into both incidents.

Losing Anderson for any period of time would be tough for the Jets, but they do have some depth at the wide receiver position. Jermaine Kearse, Terrelle Pryor (if healthy), Quincy Enunwa, ArDarius Stewart, and Andre Roberts are among those who can pick up the slack if Anderson misses time.

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Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Jets’ Robby Anderson

Florida prosecutors have dropped felony charges against Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson, attorney Ed O’Donnell tells Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (on Twitter). Anderson was previously set to go to trial for resisting arrest with violence after getting into a fight at an event in Miami.

Even with that situation behind him, Anderson still has more legal proceedings ahead. In January, Anderson was arrested and threatening to sexually assault the wife of a police officer. The 25-year-old was originally facing nine charges for the incident, but three felonies were later dropped. Regardless of how things play out with the six remaining charges, it seems likely that Anderson will face a suspension from the NFL.

Anderson enjoyed a breakout season with the Jets in 2017, recording 63 receptions for 941 yards and seven touchdowns as an NFL sophomore. A big-play threat, Anderson recorded six of his seven scoring grabs from more than 20 yards away from the goal line. New York has hedged against a possible Anderson ban by inking fellow pass-catchers Terrelle Pryor and Andre Roberts this offseason. They’re also banking on a big season from a healthy Quincy Enunwa and contributions from veteran Jermaine Kearse.

This week, fellow Jet Kevin Pierre-Louis avoided trial for drug possession by agreeing to one-year of probation with Kansas prosecutors.

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Latest On Jets WR Robby Anderson

The warrant issued for Robby Anderson‘s arrest has been lifted, the attorney for the Jets wide receiver tells Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (on Twitter). It turns out that Anderson was not notified that he was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday. His next court date is scheduled for July 19. 

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Anderson, who turns 25 next week, was originally facing nine charges after being arrested and threatening to sexually assault the wife of the arresting officer in January. Later on, the three felonies in that group — second-degree felony harm to a public servant or family, third-degree felony fleeing/eluding police while lights/siren active, and third-degree felony speeding — were dropped.

Meanwhile, Anderson is also facing felony charges for getting into a fight at a Miami music festival. Anderson is facing charges of felony resisting arrest with violence and obstruction of police for that incident. Even if Anderson does not receive jail time or fines in court, it seems likely that he’ll face league suspension.

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Arrest Warrant Issued For Jets WR Robby Anderson

An arrest warrant has been issued for Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson, as first reported by Andy Slater of SlaterScoops.com. Anderson was scheduled to appear in a Broward County, Florida court on Wednesday, but failed to show up for an arraignment, tweets Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. Anderson’s lawyer said he was unaware a hearing was scheduled, per Brian Costello of the New York Post (Twitter link).

Anderson, 24, was originally hit with nine charges after being arrested and threatening to sexually assault the wife of the arresting officer in January, but the three felonies — second-degree felony harm to a public servant or family, third-degree felony fleeing/eluding police while lights/siren active and third-degree felony speeding — have since been dropped.

Unfortunately, Anderson is also facing felony charges from a separate episode, as he was arrested last May after getting into a fight at a Miami music festival. Anderson is looking at charges of felony resisting arrest with violence and obstruction of police for that incident. Of course, the NFL could (and likely will) choose to impose a suspension on Anderson, regardless of the legal outcome of any of his cases.

Anderson enjoyed a breakout campaign with the Jets in 2017, registering 63 receptions for 941 yards and seven touchdowns in his second seasons in the league. A big-play threat, Anderson recorded six of his seven scoring grabs from more than 20 yards away from the goal line. New York has seemingly hedged against a possible Anderson ban by inking fellow pass-catchers Terrelle Pryor and Andre Roberts this offseason.

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New York Notes: Barkley, Darnold, Dez

No running back has gone in the top two of a draft since Reggie Bush 12 years ago, but the Giants may be leaning toward using their top offseason investment on a ball-carrier that’s been labeled as one of the highest-ceiling backs to emerge in many years.

I’ve heard really strongly that there are important people in that building who believe in Saquon Barkley the player, that that’s what they want to be,” ESPN’s Todd McShay said, via Tom Rock of Newsday. “The Giants want to be a run-first, physical football team and Saquon can basically be the face of that franchise moving forward several years. … It just feels to me like it’s inevitable that Saquon Barkley is going to be a New York Giant.”

The Giants brought Barkley in for a visit, and their coaching staff is sold on the Penn State standout. The Giants have been linked to Sam Darnold at No. 2, if he’s there, for a while. But Barkley’s name has come up in recent days as well. While the Alvin Kamara/Kareem Hunt offensive rookie of the year debate showed how top-end backs can be acquired later in the draft, but McShay added Barkley “is different” than the type of back that can be acquired in later rounds. In Dave Gettleman‘s previous draft as a Giants exec, the Giants used their No. 32 overall pick on David Wilson in 2012, and an injury shortened his career to just two seasons. The team’s previous such investment came in 2000, when the then-Ernie Accorsi-led Giants took Ron Dayne at No. 7. Gettleman was in his second year as Big Blue’s pro personnel director at that point.

Here’s the latest from the Big Apple teams:

  • If Josh Allen goes No. 1 overall to the Browns, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News isn’t sold that on the Giants wanting Darnold at No. 2. Instead, he envisions a scenario in which the Giants trade down with the Bills to acquire the No. 12 and No. 22 picks plus one of the Bills’ second rounders (Nos. 53 or 56). There is apparently a split in the front office over the team’s evaluation of Darnold, though it should be noted that GM Gettleman never traded down in the first round while in Carolina. In this scenario, Mehta believes the Jets will select Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield at No. 3 over Josh Rosen.
  • Could the release of Brandon Marshall lead the Giants to Dez Bryant? When asked about the possibility of signing the former Cowboys star, Gettleman didn’t close the door. “I have interest in everybody,” Gettleman said (via Danny Abriano of SNY.tv). “We do our film work. You never know.” The Giants may lead the pack in terms of teams Bryant wants to land with, having made it clear he wants revenge against the Cowboys.
  • While this could go without saying, Newsday’s Calvin Watkins notes CEO Christopher Johnson and other Jets brass are concerned about Robby Anderson‘s behavior. The talented wideout saw a felony charge against him dropped, but the arrest earlier this year — one of many traffic-related issues he’s dealt with over the past several years — still has a misdemeanor charge standing.

Zach Links contributed to this report.