Robby Anderson spurns Jets to sign deal with Panthers

Buffalo Bills cornerback Kevin Johnson defends a pass

Buffalo Bills cornerback Kevin Johnson defends a pass

According to a report by Adam Schefter at ESPN, the Panthers are signing former Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson.

The move to bring in Anderson comes hours after the Panthers officially released Cam Newton. The deal comes on the heels of four strong seasons with the New York Jets, who signed Anderson as an undrafted free agent after he was passed on in the 2016 draft. After watching Anderson agree to terms with the Panthers earlier today, NY will sign Breshad Perriman to a one-year, $6MM deal, as ESPN's Adam Schefter reports (Twitter link).

Anderson will be reunited with his college coach, Matt Rhule, who was the driving force behind luring the field-stretching pass catcher to Carolina. Rhule coached Anderson at Temple and is entering his first season as the head coach of the Panthers. He established himself as a productive and promising - although inconsistent - receiver during his first four seasons.

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He was among the top players available at the wide receiver spot in free agency this offseason, and both Anderson and the Jets had talked about staying together - at the right price for both sides.

Perriman set career highs across the board with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019, finishing with 36 catches for 645 yards and six touchdowns as he and quarterback Jameis Winston started clicking - particularly on the deep ball - later in the season.

Meanwhile, the Jets let Anderson, who had 52 receptions, 779 yards and five touchdowns previous year, leave the building.

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