The NY Jets “are making efforts to re-sign” wide receiver Robby Anderson ahead of free agency. Here are the latest details and what it all means.
The Robby Anderson free agent roller coaster continues to go up and down.
Jeremy Fowler, ESPN Senior NFL Writer, reported on Thursday afternoon that the NY Jets “are making efforts to re-sign Anderson” but said getting a contract extension done “won’t be easy.”
Time is running out for Gang Green to get this thing done. The legal tampering period opens on March 16 and then 48 hours later the free agency frenzy officially begins on March 18 at 4:00 p.m.
Anderson is expected to be one of the top wide receivers available on the open market.
Despite some of the things he lacks in production (has never recorded a 1,000-yard season) and route tree, he possesses a lot of things that NFL teams covet.
Anderson is fast (recorded a 4.34 40-yard dash at his Pro Day), he’s young (26 will be 27 by the start of the 2020 season), and he’s kept his nose clean off the field recently.
In addition to all of those factoids, most experts believe his best football is still in front of him. Anderson has truly only scratched the surface of his potential and if he was placed in a competent offense could see his numbers explode.
Jeremy Fowler went on to say that “it’s not over” between Robby Anderson and the Jets.
Ultimately this is going to come down to the brass tax. How much does Robby want and will the Jets cough it up?
NFL Information Broker Benjamin Allbright has reported that due to the overwhelming talent available in the 2020 NFL Draft, Anderson won’t have as big of a market as some people think. He believes ultimately that Anderson will receive a three-year deal in the $9 to $10 million range.
While other reports have suggested Anderson can earn up to $13 to $15 million per season on a long-term deal. There are some stark contrasts in the rumor mill and the truth is probably somewhere in between.
Although you have to credit the NY Jets for trying to do their part ahead of free agency. It would behoove the team to lock in a young homegrown talent if the price is right to help Sam Darnold.