The New York Jets have changed their tune on Robby Anderson. Here are all the details and what it means for his future on the squad.
It seems like the New York Jets have changed their stance on wide receiver Robby Anderson. At least that’s what Rich Cimini of ESPN thinks.
On the latest episode of the Flight Deck Podcast, Cimini revealed the mindset change by people in the Jets’ coaching staff and front office:
“One of the most compelling storylines that the team will face is Robby Anderson’s future with the squad. He’s projected to be a free agent after the season.
How much is he worth? How much is the team willing to pay for him?
We know the Jets were dangling Robby Anderson in trade talks at the deadline in late October. Now I think they really want to sign him. From what Adam Gase has said and from what I’m hearing I think they really want to sign Robby long-term.”
Around the NFL’s trade deadline the Jets were in heavy negotiations with several teams about possibly moving Anderson. Obviously the team didn’t receive the offer it was looking for so they decided to hold onto him.
In the last four games, Robby has 22 receptions for 390 yards and two touchdowns. Which is a far cry from what he did in the early portion of the season.
Sure the Jets want him, but how badly do they want him?
The most recent contract comparisons that are coming up are Allen Robinson of the Chicago Bears and Sammy Watkins of the Kansas City Chiefs. Robinson is making around $14 million a year and Watkins is making around $16 million a year.
As Cimini notes in his podcast, the stats are eerily similar between the three players so Anderson’s asking price wouldn’t be out of the question based on a rational argument. Although despite the stats, Rich doesn’t believe the Jets will go that high.
Although there are a few things going in Robby’s favor:
- The free agency crop this year overall is super weak outside of Amari Cooper from the Dallas Cowboys. Even if you like Cooper, what are the chances he even reaches unrestricted free agency? The team could sign him long term or even franchise tag him if it came to that.
- On top of that factoid, that’s the going rate, if the Jets don’t want to pay him at least $11 or $12 million a year, someone else will.
Rich Cimini believes that the Jets and Anderson will get something done ahead of free agency. His latest gut feeling projection is a three year deal for $39 million with about $20 million guaranteed at signing.