Panthers Veteran Being Targeted by AFC Team in Potential Trade

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson is reportedly being targeted by an AFC team in trade talks.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson is reportedly being targeted by an AFC team in trade talks. / Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers have leaned on a strong receiving group over the last few seasons, bolstered by veteran Robby Anderson. It looks like the six-year pro could possibly be on his way out of town, though. The New England Patriots have started to target him in recent trade talks, according to Greg Bedard of the Boston Sports Journal.

Robby Anderson Trade Rumors

The pairing here makes a lot of sense. New England was linked to Anderson during free agency back in 2019 before he signed with the Panthers. Head coach Bill Belichick has also seen what the 28-year-old can do up close given he played for the New York Jets for the first four years of his career.

There is a need on the Patriots offense for talented playmakers, too. New England only had two wideouts finish with more than 475 yards in 2021 and need to surround quarterback Mac Jones with reliable weapons. Buying low on Anderson after a poor 2021 season comes with a ton of upside.

Overall, Anderson has racked up 1,615 yards and 8 touchdowns on 148 receptions across two seasons in Carolina. He is best known around the league as a dangerous deep threat, but averaged just 10.9 yards per reception with the Panthers. A change in scenery may boost that number back up.

Keep an eye on this situation as the NFL enters a new league year on March 16. The Panthers could decide to enter rebuilding mode and shipping off Anderson would be a logical first step. Meanwhile, the Patriots aim to polish off a roster capable of taking home the Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl 57.

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