The New York Jets were one of the biggest spenders in the free agency free season, and are now trying to keep one of their own before hitting the free market in March. By ESPN Jeremy Fowler, the Jets are making an effort to recruit wide receiver Robby Anderson, who should be one of the best players at his free agent position if he enters the free market.
A former undrafted free agent from Temple, Anderson has developed a reputation as one of the best deep ball receivers in the NFL. In 16 games last season (15 starts), Anderson had 52 catches for 779 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 15.0 yards per catch. Anderson has 207 catches for 3,059 yards and 20 touchdowns in four seasons, averaging 14.8 yards per catch. This equates to 52 catches for 768 yards and five touchdowns on average for Anderson, 26.
Anderson has yet to prove that he can be a No. 1 wide wide receiver, but he has had success in the NFL despite an inconsistent quarterfinal play during his time with the Jets. Anderson caught passes from Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty, Josh McCown and Sam Darnold. Anderson has made more than 50 catches and over 750 yards in the past two seasons, with Darnold having won the majority of quarterback snaps.
Spotrac projects that Anderson will earn an average annual salary of $ 12 million per season, much higher than the $ 3,095 million he earned with the Jets in 2019. The Jets have a wage cap space $ 49,403,190 (over the cap), so there is room to make a deal with Anderson.
Anderson’s market will be strong as teams will be looking for speed on a wide receiver, which is paramount in today’s NFL. A constant quarterback game would greatly benefit Anderson, making a multi-year contract worth $ 10 million per season.
The Jets are not out of the Anderson race yet, and they still hope to reach an agreement with their main receiver in two of the past three seasons before it hits the market.
“I think whenever you can keep bringing back guys who have been in the system, it’s always helpful,” said Jets head coach Adam Gase last month via SNY. “Not only the coaching staff, but the whole building because everyone knows a little bit about the flow of everything, knows the schedule, how the practice is going to happen, knows the systems and how everything works. there is no learning curve. “