We could be looking at one of the biggest free agency periods in recent memory if some of the notable names actually hit the open market. Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Derrick Henry are just a few of the big names set to hit unrestricted free agency when the new league year opens on March 18th. One or more stands a good chance of signing a contract with their current team before then, but there is a chance one or more is take calls when the tampering period opens on March 16th.
2019 in review
Robby Anderson has proved his big-play ability in the NFL, but consistency has been a problem. His best season came in 2017 with Josh McCown throwing him the ball, but under Sam Darnold and his backups the last two seasons, he’s had trouble with consistency. Inconsistency was the norm in 2019, but he also had three 100-yard games on his way to 779 yards on 52 receptions for five touchdowns. Those numbers look a lot like his 2018 numbers. A change of scenery would probably be a good thing for Anderson.
There are plenty of wide receiver needy team out there that will go after Anderson. After Amari Cooper, Anderson probably has the most longterm potential as he will be 27 to start the 2020 season and has shown great upside when targeted. The Raiders are without a doubt looking for wide receiver help this offseason, and Anderson will be on their radar, but the Packers, Broncos, Patriots, and Eagles all need to upgrade at receiver. And if a team like the Cowboys were to lose Amari Cooper, they would quickly need some help.
Do the Jets want to keep him?
Reports have the Jets still interested in Anderson but his price-tag is likely to surpass the $10 million a year Anderson is reportedly after. Beat writer Connor Hughes believes that it ”seems highly unlikely” the Jets re-sign Anderson. He is excited to hit free agency and said there would be no hometown discount, so the writing is likely on the wall. And, if Amari Cooper remains with the Cowboys, which is likely, Anderson’s services would be even more valued on the market.
Sam Darnold has shown flashes of ability and he and Anderson could eventually turn into a nice duo, but it’s been a rocky start and there is a decent chance that Anderson could get a fantasy upgrade if he moves on this season. Speculating one or two landing spots probably isn’t a worthwhile endeavor at this point, but there are some nice upgrades out there who could go after Anderson.
The Raiders were interested in Anderson at the trade deadline last season and could go after him in free agency. Mostly, we’ve seen speculation, as every fan base will consider if it is worth paying a premium for Anderson.