The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with wide receiver Robby Anderson, according to New York Jets beat writer Manish Mehta. The deal is worth $20 million, with $12 million in year one, according to Ian Rapoport.
Anderson caught 52 passes for 779 yards and five touchdowns last season. Considering the Jets’ injury issues at quarterback and generally bad play, a meh season was not surprising.
Anderson joins a Panthers squad going through changes, but in an intriguing spot at wide receiver. Running back Christian McCaffrey was their most prolific pass catcher with 116 receptions for 1,005 yards and four touchdowns, but D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel had solid seasons. Moore caught 87 passes for a team-leading 1,175 yards and four touchdowns. Samuel finished the season with 54 receptions for 627 yards and six touchdowns.
The team released quarterback Cam Newton on Tuesday, a week after they signed Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year contract. This offense has intriguing upside with these upgrades, but there is a lot of uncertainty. Moore seems the best bet for a WR1 type of consistency, but Anderson and Samuel will push him. McCaffrey remains the best running back on the market. His passing numbers might decrease a bit, but he could see a boost on the ground supported by an improved passing game.