New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is on the trade block. The Jets are not going anywhere this year, and Anderson’s contract is up at the end of the season. It only makes sense that New York would reach out and see if they can get anything for him on the market.
A solid, if not star-level talent, Anderson can produce inside the right system. Since entering the league in 2016, he has 2,589 yards and 16 touchdowns. His best year came in 2017 when he played in all 16 games and started in 15.
His numbers are down this year, but the Jets were making do with a third-string quarterback for a stretch. Those four games translated to four losses, meaning the Jets have to punt on the season. The best way to do that is get a return on the trade market.
Here are a few teams who may want to trade for Anderson before the deadline.
The Raiders have expressed the most interest in trading for Anderson.
Apart from Tyrell Williams, who has dealt with injury this season, the Raiders do not have another standout receiver. Waller has been great at tight end, but they need another wide threat on the offense. Especially to compete with the weapons the Kansas City Chiefs feature.
Again, Anderson is not a transcendent talent, but his production is solid. He could take attention off of Williams and Waller, and free up Josh Jacobs in the run game if defenses have to be ready for the quick pass more often.
Oakland did trade for Zay Jones of the Bills earlier this year. But so far, he has been targeted twice for 27 yards and no touchdowns. Clearly they need another piece, and Anderson may come relatively cheap. This would be close to a no-brainer for both sides.
Philadelphia is struggling at the wide receiver position. DeSean Jackson is still sidelined, and Nelson Agholor’s performance has been so sub-par that he is on the trade block.
Robby Anderson could serve as the Band-Aid the Eagles need this year. If his production is anywhere near solid, it will make the team better immediately. A sure-handed wide receiver would not go amiss for Carson Wentz.
Another problem Philly has is overall health. Their roster is notoriously injury-prone. Anderson missed a couple of games in 2018 with an ankle injury, but that is it for his career. More so than his overall production, the Eagles may just be interested in a decoy that can stay on the field while their other receivers get open.
The NFC East is still wide open. The Cowboys are not unstoppable, and they still have a head-to-head matchup in Philadelphia. Taking any opportunity to get better on offense or defense would be heavily advised.
Every NFL fan knows all it takes is a playoff berth, and anything can happen for the Eagles. They have done it before under worse circumstances.
New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees is back and the Saints are in the thick of the Super Bowl conversation. Adding one more playmaker could make this team nigh unstoppable.
They clearly have a WR1 in Michael Thomas, one of the very best receivers in the entire league. They also have the reliable Ted Ginn, Jr. for a second option. A true third option is what New Orleans lacks, though.
So far it has been Taysom Hill, who plays wildcat QB, wide receiver, special teams and running back. Adding a true wide receiver instead of using their most gimmicky player would make this team truly terrifying for opposing defenses.
Add in Kamara and Murray in the backfield, and this is the makings of one of the most dynamic second half offenses in the game. This trade may seem like a luxury, but Drew Brees’ time is running out. Sean Payton and the rest of New Orleans wants another championship. Immediately.
Anderson may put them over the edge. The Saints should pay the Jets what it takes before he gets swept out from underneath them.
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