The New York Jets have told soon to be free agent wide receiver Robby Anderson that they want him back in 2020. Here are all the details and what it means.
On Wednesday Jamal Adams revealed that the New York Jets have started contract negotiations with him. More good news came down the pike on Thursday involved free agent to be Robby Anderson.
Anderson revealed to Bob Glauber of Newsday that the Jets have made it clear they don’t want to lose Robby this offseason:
“I know they’ve communicated that they do want me back. So, we’ve just got to see how it plays out.”
At the end of the season exit meeting, Robby said he wouldn’t take a hometown discount and he would sign with the Jets ahead of free agency because he wants to test his market value to see what he’s truly worth.
Anderson’s projected value has been a point of contention among Jets fans since the end of the season. Here’s the bottom line, right now the Jets are bidding against themselves. When free agency starts in March, Gang Green will be bidding against 31 other franchises that have money to burn.
Robby in the same report said that his representatives and the Jets “haven’t gotten to the numbers yet” but intimated that the team would like to be at the table.
While his numbers won’t wow you: he’s never had a 1,000-yard season, the most receptions he’s ever had in a single season is 63, and he’s had a small history of off the field issues (albeit none recently).
But free agency isn’t about what you’ve done in the past, it’s about what you can do in the future.
That’s why Robby Anderson is going to make a boatload of cash this spring.
- Robby is young (26 will be 27 by the start of the 2020 season).
- He’s never had a good quarterback consistently.
- By the end of the 2019 season, he showed enough potential, a diverse route tree, and an ability to catch contested passes that someone will bet on what he can turn into, not what he is right now.
General manager Joe Douglas has a huge decision to make this offseason. Does he pay a homegrown guy who has chemistry with Sam Darnold? Or does he save a few bucks, hit the reset button, and go get a cheaper alternative in free agency or attack the 2020 NFL Draft, which is supposed to be one of the deepest receiver classes ever.