New York Jets: Robby Anderson’s price tag only continues to rise
By Justin Fried
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson only continues to increase his value as the offseason and his unrestricted free agency await.
Robby Anderson is going to become a very rich man soon — whether that’s with the New York Jets or another NFL team. And his recent late-season surge is only further solidifying that notion.
The Jets have seen Anderson develop from a raw, speedy deep threat that went undrafted just a few years ago into a refined, multi-talented receiver.
And with the Temple product set to hit the open market for the first time in his career, Anderson is doing everything in his power to ensure he gets paid.
Anderson is enjoying some excellent late-season success courtesy of revived chemistry with quarterback Sam Darnold and a renewed focus in the offensive gameplan.
And his extra targets have gone to good use. Here are Anderson’s numbers from the last five weeks.
Anderson has scored four times in his last five games including a two-point conversion two weeks ago against Baltimore. Throw in a pair of seven-catch, 100-yard performances and you have a player whose price tag is only growing by the week.
A common market-value comparison for Anderson has been Tyrell Williams. Much like Anderson, Williams entered the league as an undrafted free agent but soon developed into a very quality downfield threat.
The Oakland Raiders paid Williams handsomely for his services in the offseason handing him a four-year, $44 million contract. And while the former Los Angeles Chargers receiver has battled through injuries this season, that seemed to be a fair estimate of what Robby Anderson could make come March.
But now, it seems as though his price could be even higher.
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Anderson is already set to finish with more receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns in his past three seasons than Williams finished in any of his previous two years before he hit the open market.
On top of that, Anderson has been the model of durable throughout his career.
The 26-year-old will play his 62nd career game next week against the Buffalo Bills having only missed two games in his career. Compare that to other deep threats around the league like Will Fuller and DeSean Jackson who regularly miss time with injuries.
Finding a durable field stretcher is difficult — and the NFL knows this.
And while the Jets sit and ponder their decision with Anderson, his price tag will only continue to rise.
One way or another, Robby Anderson is going to get paid upwards to $50 million or more this season — likely over four years with nearly $30 million guaranteed. It’s only reasonable for a player of his caliber.
Hopefully, it will be the New York Jets who sign him to that contract or else they will have huge shoes to fill in his place.