New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson

Arizona Cardinals should be in the market for one of the top free agent receivers

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By Alexander Mann March 5, 2020 0 Comment
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The Arizona Cardinals are only two weeks away from the start of free agency. Many analysts are projecting them to sign a wide receiver in free agency.

Free Agency is closing in, and things are starting to pick up. On Tuesday, the Denver Broncos announced they would be trading for Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye. Then there are the rampant rumors that a possible divorce is coming for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The Arizona Cardinals have had a few players mentioned for them in recent months as well. Tight End Austin Hooper is reportedly one of their free-agent targets. It’s tough to imagine, as the team history in utilizing the position is weak.

Another connection has been made recently, this time by Pro Football Focus, and that is Jets receiver, Robby Anderson.

It’s has left many fans scratching their heads. Anderson is still young, turning 26 in May. He’s a good down the field threat, something Arizona did not utilize enough last year, despite having Damiere Byrd and Andy Isabella on the roster. For a player who was undrafted out of Temple in 2016, Anderson has certainly exceeded expectations. And that’s where the good ends.

For starters, Anderson has yet to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark. He came close in 2017 when he caught 63 passes for 941 yards and seven touchdowns. But those all still stand as his career-best marks. This past season he finished with 52 catches for 779 yards and five touchdowns. He had a great end to his season, 24 catches, 402 yards, and three scores. Quarterback issues and being on mediocre teams overall contribute to his lack of production, but that isn’t the end all be all.

Then there comes to money. Anderson is reportedly looking for north of 10 million a year and could find his way up north of $14 million. It is something the Arizona Cardinals can afford, but not something they should pay for an unproven commodity. The roster is flush with guys who are solid complementary pieces. There is no longer a guy on the roster who can take over a game. Larry Fitzgerald turns 37 before the start of the season. Christian Kirk has battled injuries in his two NFL seasons. Andy Isabella, KeeSean Johnson, and Hakeem Butler are all entering their second year in the league, with lots to prove.

If the Cardinals do decide to go receiver, it makes a lot more sense to go in the draft. Financially, they would be signing them to a $23 million deal over four years. Spotrac has Anderson signing a four-year $48 million deal. You’re saving an additional $25 million over that span to spend on another position to help lead the Cardinals to a playoff bid. Depending on the upcoming CBA, you could still have your rookie for the fifth year. Will Fuller had his fifth-year option exercised, and its projects at $10.16 million. That will go up as we get closer to the 2020 classes option.

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