Benigno: Jets Need To Keep Robby Anderson

By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

Jets unrestricted free-agent Robby Anderson is on the market, for now. 

Anderson wasn't among the reported marquee signings throughout the legal tampering period. Amari Cooper inked a five-year deal to remain in Dallas. Former Packer Randall Cobb will earn $27 million across three seasons in Houston.

There's no shortage of activity on the free agent market. However, all things seem relatively quiet on Anderson's front. The Jets wide receiver reportedly sought roughly $10 million annually in his next deal while reports suggested he could earn anywhere from $10 million-$15 million in his first time on the market. 

General manager Joe Douglas prioritized the Jets' offensive line at the commencement of free agency. WFAN's Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts believe Douglas' next task should be to re-sign Anderson. 

"Jets should get it done," Benigno said. "I think they should sign him. I'm willing to let (Jordan) Jenkins go. Sign Robby Anderson. It looks like Avery Williamson is going to be back. Hopefully (linebacker) CJ Mosley is back and healthy. (Linebacker) Neville Hewitt played really well for them as far as some of the linebackers that were there last year ... if they lose Jenkins, they lose him. I think Robby needs to be signed. I really do."

Anderson caught 52 passes for 779 yards last season, his fourth with the Jets. He trailed only Jamison Crowder's 833 yards and six touchdowns for the team — Anderson recorded five touchdowns. Roberts' optimism grows the longer Anderson remains on the market. 

"I think the thought has always been about Robby Anderson is if the price is right," Roberts said. "That's what we heard for so long, if the price is right. I think it's a sign that we're three days in that Robby is not getting the price that maybe him and his agent expected. Usually the first guys off the shelf in NFL free agency are the guys people want. For whatever reason, Robby Anderson is still out there ... but Robby Anderson still being out there makes me a bit optimistic."

Oct 6, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) looks on during warmups before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Roberts says Anderson's potential departure would create a substantial void in the Jets offense as Douglas would not only need to improve the wide receiver unit, but also find Anderson's replacement. The Los Angeles Rams reportedly made wide receiver Brandin Cooks available in trade discussions. 

"Would I be interested in trading for Brandon Cooks? I would," Roberts said. "The price always matters in these types of things but he could be an interesting target whether they lose Robby Anderson or keep Robby Anderson because they need to improve this receiving core. They need to put as many weapons around (Jets quarterback) Sam (Darnold) as they can possibly can."

Benigno wouldn't rule out a trade for Cooks, but is "more comfortable with Robby."

"I think he's getting better all the time," Benigno said. "I look at him and he's a guy that's gotten better and better. Do I worry a little bit when he gets paid? I have to say I do. You worry a little bit. He gets paid. Now, is he going to be the same guy? But he's gotten better and better and better. I think they should keep him."