Former New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is signing a two-year, $20 million deal with the Carolina Panthers, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday.
The deal includes $12 million in the first year of the contract, a source told Schefter.
Anderson, who turns 27 on May 9, got off to a slow start for the Jets in 2019, but he perked up in late November and finished with 52 receptions for 779 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 15.0 yards per catch, 20th among qualifying receivers.
Anderson becomes the latest former Temple player to reunite with first-year coach Matt Rhule in Carolina, joining veteran linebacker Tahir Whitehead and XFL star QB P.J. Walker.
Anderson and Walker played at Temple when Rhule was the Owls’ head coach, while Whitehead played when Rhule was an assistant.
With the Panthers, Anderson will be paired with 2018 first-round pick DJ Moore, who had 87 catches for 1,175 yards last season. The combo, along with running back Christian McCaffrey, will give new offensive coordinator Joe Brady and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater the potential for a potent offense.
Always known as a vertical threat, Anderson diversified his game down the stretch and demonstrated a newfound aggressiveness on contested balls. He was the Jets’ most dangerous perimeter target from 2017 to 2019, totaling 18 touchdowns in that span — including nine of 30 or more yards.
He made the team as an undrafted rookie out of Temple in 2016, impressing the coaches with his raw speed. At the same time, his off-the-field habits raised concerns within the organization. He was arrested twice in less than a year, both times near his home in South Florida, but he avoided a league suspension and jail time. Both incidents, the latter of which occurred in January 2018, involved altercations with police. He was charged with several felonies, but the only charge that stuck was misdemeanor reckless driving.
Anderson, who played last season on a one-year, $3 million contract (the amount of his RFA tender), has 207 receptions for 3,059 yards and 20 touchdowns in his career.
ESPN’s Rich Cimini and David Newton contributed to this report.