Anderson is signing a two-year, $20 million contract with the Panthers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Anderson likely is disappointed with the financial terms, perhaps suffering from a lack of interest due to the 2020 NFL Draft being loaded at his position. From an on-field standpoint he'll have plenty of competition for targets, joining D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel to give Teddy Bridgewater one of the fastest WR groups in the NFL. The agreement reunites Anderson with Panthers head coach Matt Rhule, who held the same position at Temple when the wideout was there in 2013-15. It remains to be seen if Rhule, Anderson and offensive coordinator Joe Brady can help Bridgewater unlock a downfield element that wasn't really part of his game last year in New Orleans -- his 6.0 aDOT was shallowest in the league among QBs with 100 or more attempts.
The Jets have reached out to Anderson, an upcoming unrestricted free agent, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. Anderson has been a stalwart in the Jets' passing attack since arriving as an undrafted free agent in 2016, averaging 6.2 targets per game and 8.0 YPT over the past four seasons. Since the conclusion of the most recent campaign, he's expressed interest in remaining with the only organization he's known but won't do so at a hometown discount, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. Anderson will have plenty of suitors for his services once the 48-hour window opens to contact UFAs in advance of the start of free agency March 18.
Anderson said he hopes to re-sign with the Jets, Bob Glauber of Newsday reports. Anderson previously said he wouldn't take a hometown discount, but that doesn't necessarily mean he won't re-sign if the price is right. It's also quite possible that he uses an offer from the Jets as leverage for a contract from another team in free agency. The speedy wide receiver can hit the open market in March, two months before his 27th birthday.
Anderson, a pending free agent, said he won't give the Jets a hometown discount, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports. "You got to talk to my agent," Anderson said. "I don't think that makes sense." The real question is whether he'll even listen to the team's offers. Anderson has played 62 of a possible 64 games since latching on with the Jets as an undrafted rookie in 2016, typically working as the first or second option in the passing game. His usage in terms of targets has been less consistent, and there were even rumors in October about the Jets trying to trade him. One of the thinnest players in the league, Anderson has never done much damage over the middle or after the catch, but he nonetheless profiles as one of the top WRs on the market this upcoming offseason, offering a strong combination of speed, footwork and ball skills. The 26-year-old should land a sizable contract that locks him in for a starting job, with high expectations in terms of target volume -- and fantasy volume -- depending on where he signs.
Anderson (calf) caught three of seven targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 13-6 win over Buffalo. Anderson didn't make much of an impact in what may have been his final game with the Jets, as the 26-year-old speedster will be a free agent this offseason. Four of Anderson's five touchdowns and two of his three 100-yard games came in the final seven weeks, and he finishes with 52 catches for 779 yards and five touchdowns overall. With at least 50 catches, 752 yards and five touchdowns in each of the last three seasons, Anderson has established himself as an impactful player, but his skill set is too one-dimensional to be a true No. 1 receiver. The deep threat's 2020 value will depend on where he lands in free agency.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|2||09/20||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||27.63|
|3||09/27||@Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|7||10/25||@New Orleans Saints||27||24.71|
|9||11/08||@Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|10||11/15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||27.63|
|15||12/20||@Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|17||01/03||New Orleans Saints||27||24.71|
|3 Year Avg||101||55||824||6||34||14.98||116|