With the end of every season comes tough decisions. This year’s big roster question is what to do about Robby Anderson? Robby Anderson believes that he’s a legitimate #1 wide receiver on a Super Bowl-winning team, while the Jets seem pretty unsure about his future in New York. Anderson is coming off a decent campaign, but not his best as a Jet. He put up 52 receptions, 779 yards, and 5 touchdowns, only being in a handful of Jets who played in all 16 games.
Robby Anderson was signed by the Jets as an undrafted free agent coming out of Temple. Anderson has been better than anyone could have expected, going from a no-name to one of the most underrated wideouts in the NFL. Top wide receivers come at a premium and some analysts project that Anderson could garner a contract worth 15 million per season. Robby Anderson, albeit a pretty good player, is not worth that type of money. This amount would put Anderson just below some of the elite receivers in the league. Take a look at DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins is unquestionably a top-three receiver in the NFL and he makes $16.2 million per year. If the Jets give Robby Anderson that kind of money, it’d be the most stereotypical Jets move ever. It’s not worth it to overpay for a guy that’s very inconsistent. 2017 was Anderson’s best season in New York, but his stats have tailed off since then. If you’re the Jets, Robby Anderson is expendable. Amari Cooper is available this offseason and is a Pro Bowl worthy player. If Dallas allows Cooper to walk, the Jets should upgrade their receiving core by swapping for Anderson for Cooper. Cooper would give the Jets a red-zone target that they haven’t had since Brandon Marshall.
At the trade deadline, Joe Douglas was fielding calls for Robby Anderson. The Jets have a lot of holes and giving Anderson upwards of $13 million would not be the most productive way to use their cap space. If Douglas looks to a cheaper option to replace Robby Anderson, the NFL Draft could be the perfect place to start.
CeeDee Lamb is among the best receivers in the 2020 Draft, posting big numbers at Oklahoma. Lamb should be available when the Jets are on the clock at 11, and he would instantly be the chunk-play threat that this team desperately needed. If Anderson does leave, this is an off-season in which he could be easily replaced.
I have always been a big fan of Robby Anderson. If the Jets were able to re-sign Anderson for around 10 million per, it would be a win-win for both sides. The Jets should not break the bank on someone who realistically is the number two option. With Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder, the Jets have two receivers who are nice pieces, but no one that jumps off the page. Robby Anderson is a good wide receiver in the NFL, but he does not deserve ‘great’ money.