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New York Jets: Robby Anderson trade talk heating up ahead of deadline

By Paul A. Esden Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 08: Robby Anderson #11 of the New York Jets takes a knee during a review during a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on September 08, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 08: Robby Anderson #11 of the New York Jets takes a knee during a review during a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on September 08, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images) /
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There’s a lot of trade talk heating up regarding New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson. Here are the latest details.

With the New York Jets out of the playoff race at 1-5, the team is perceived to be a seller at the NFL trade deadline.

One of the names that is picking up a lot of steam is Jets wide receiver, Robby Anderson.

He’s currently in the last year of his deal and is a young (26 years old) moveable asset that could pique the interest of several contending teams.

Connor Rogers of Bleacher Report and the Stick to Football podcast talked about the “rumored interest” ahead of the deadline on Twitter.

This isn’t the first time NFL teams have called the Jets about Robby. In fact, several teams called last year and the “old regime didn’t want to move him, but with the right offer that could change under the new front office,” per Rogers.

It raises an interesting question for the green and white: do you trade your young building block for draft capital? Or do you keep him to maximize the development of Sam Darnold?

This is one of the first big questions that new general manager Joe Douglas will have to answer.

What kind of haul could the Jets get back for him if they did pull the trigger?

Well over the last week several veteran wide receivers have been moved which has set a market.

Mohamed Sanu was traded by the Atlanta Falcons to the New England Patriots for a 2020 second-round draft choice.

Shortly after another veteran wideout was traded in Emmanuel Sanders from the Denver Broncos to the San Francisco 49ers. The Broncos received third and fourth-round picks in 2020 for a future fifth-round pick (2020).

So is that what the Jets would receive in a deal? Well not exactly.

While both Sanders and Sanu are more proven commodities: 942 receptions, 11,691 receiving yards, and 64 combined touchdowns, they’re older. Sanders is 32 and Sanu is 30.

Robby Anderson is only 26 years old and his best football is still ahead of him. He’s 6-foot-3 and ran a 4.34 40-yard dash at his pro day.

An NFL team would pay a premium price for a player like that, which is exactly why the Jets need to think long and hard about trading him away.

If you trade him away,  you’re providing one less weapon for Darnold to work with this season thus, in essence, stunting his development. Also with him being in a contract year, wouldn’t you want to keep him and re-sign him to a long term deal yourselves?

While on the other side of the coin, the Jets could receive a nice package of assets that could help them build for the future. The team should only trade him if they get a really good deal (maybe a conditional second). They shouldn’t just do it to do it.

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If the Jets do decide to deal him, here are some of the NFL teams that are rumored to be interested: Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, and the Green Bay Packers.

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