The New York Jets are thinking of dealing wide receiver Robby Anderson. Here are the top 3 packages they should pull the trigger on ahead of the deadline.
The New York Jets aren’t making the playoffs at 1-6. It’s time for the team to do a fire sale and start selling off pieces left and right including wide receiver Robby Anderson.
With the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday, October 29 at 4:00 p.m. it’s time for the team to start making calls to contending teams around the league.
Per multiple reports, several teams have reached out to the Jets to gauge their interest in moving the young wideout.
The Jets have made it known that Robby is, in fact, available for the “right price” and they won’t be “giving the receiver away.” Several veteran receivers have been traded over the last few weeks, but none of those players are as young and explosive as Robby Anderson is. So you’d have to assume with all of the rumored interest, his age/size, that the team could get even more back in a potential return.
If there was any doubt that the Jets wouldn’t be standing pat at the deadline, on Sunday morning Adam Schefter confirmed that the green and white would be one of the most aggressive teams at the deadline as sellers.
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The Oakland Raiders already traded for one wide receiver from the AFC East this month when the team acquired Zay Jones from the Buffalo Bills. The silver and black also traded for a receiver in the month of September from the Green Bay Packers: Trevor Davis.
So the question remains, what NFL team would possibly trade for three wide receivers in a span of a month and a half? The Oakland Raiders that’s who.
The interest between the two teams was first reported by The Athletic.
This team has a lot of different names at wide receiver, but Oakland doesn’t possess a true No. 1. Robby could bring instant offense to this team and complement Tyrell Williams. Both players are fast and big (Anderson is 6-foot-3).
The goal for the Jets in any trade that involves their stud receiver is acquiring as much future draft capital as possible. The problem is it’s not clear what kind of draft picks Robby could drive just on his own, which means these teams will have to get creative.
In this potential deal, the Jets send a future late draft pick away and a player who is on an expiring deal. In return, the green and white get two picks back in the 2020 NFL Draft and a young player at a position of need.
Trayvon Mullen has a great frame (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) and played his college ball at Clemson. Currently, he’s in the midst of his rookie season with Oakland and has yet to start a game. With the Jets, he’d immediately be a starter on the outside.
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To be honest, if the New York Jets can acquire any and all offensive linemen that would be in their best interest.
In this deal they remedy a mistake they made in the 2019 NFL Draft by acquiring a player they should’ve drafted themselves in center Erik McCoy. On top of that, they acquire a premium pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Jets convinced Ryan Kalil out of retirement and most fans wish the team left him on the couch. Honestly, the team has been reeling at the center position since Nick Mangold retired.
McCoy is young (22 years old) and has started every game for the Saints this year at center. So they may not be excited to deal away a promising young player, but Robby Anderson is tempting.
New Orleans may have the best wide receiver in the NFL with Michael Thomas, but they desperately need to find the Robin to MT’s Batman. Anderson could provide that in spades.
Robby has elite speed and has proven to be a vertical threat in the passing game. While he still needs to develop the rest of his game, he’s still young himself (26) and has unlimited potential.
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There is one team that wants Robby Anderson more so than any other team in the NFL: the Philadelphia Eagles.
The organization tried to low-ball the Jets at last year’s NFL trade deadline with a reported fourth-round pick offer, which was insulting, to say the least.
But with the team in win-now mode and with multiple teams interested in Anderson’s services, his price tag has increased.
This is the best deal the Jets could hope for. While in any of these deals they don’t want to be handing draft assets back, this package would be the exception.
First-round draft picks are insanely valuable and if the Jets can find a way to acquire one to accelerate their rebuild, they have to pull the trigger.
There’s an obvious connection between the Jets and the Philadelphia Eagles front office with Joe Douglas running the upstairs operations. That kind of familiarity helps with these potential conversations. The NFL is a relationship business and perhaps this one could help out both sides.
The Eagles offense has simply looked different without DeSean Jackson through the majority of this season. Even if/when Jackson returns, he’s getting older (32 will be 33 before the end of the season), so it’d be smart for Philly to plan for the future.
Jay Glazer reported on FOX NFL Sunday that the Eagles are being super aggressive at the trade deadline and they’re willing to pay the price to add difference makers to their ball club. We’ll see how willing they’re ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.
While some analysts may nitpick the lack of production from Robby Anderson so far in his career, there is no doubt in the right offense with a legitimate quarterback like Carson Wentz that Robby can develop into a star.