Trending: Should the Eagles rescue another hometown native this offseason?
The Browns have finally struck a deal for Baker Mayfield, sending the disgruntled QB to Carolina in exchange for a conditional 5th-round pick.
While the Panthers have seemingly come away with a potential starter for cheap, a certain pass-catcher probably isn’t too thrilled with the acquisition.
Mayfield had been linked to Carolina for months in the wake of Cleveland’s pursuit of Deshaun Watson. When Mayfield was rumored to have interest in the Panthers, WR Robby Anderson seemed less than enthused:
From April, starting #Panthers WR Robbie Anderson on Baker Mayfield… pic.twitter.com/p6BEVKeDAt— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) July 6, 2022
In all likelihood, Mayfield and Anderson will handle the situation like adults and move forward. But what if the tension becomes a distraction?
Eagles GM Howie Roseman has put together an outstanding offseason headlined by Pro Bowl WR AJ Brown. A homecoming tour appeared to be the theme for much of free agency, with Temple-alum Haason Reddick and Lehigh-native Kyzir White signing in Philadelphia.
Why not continue the trend?
Robby Anderson, out of Temple, was Reddick’s teammate last season in Carolina and has been a reliable deep threat throughout his career. The New Jersey native is coming off the worst statistical season of his career, however, and will hardly be excited for a camp battle between Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold.
All jokes aside, another receiver is the last thing on the Eagles’ mind heading into training camp. As mentioned above, they locked up AJ Brown through the 2026 season and have DeVonta Smith looking to build off a riveting rookie campaign. Third-year receiver Quez Watkins serves as the vertical option, so there isn’t a need for quickness as of now.
In addition, Anderson is on an expiring contract that counts for $21.7M against the cap in 2022. Philly is good off that.
Darnold going DEEP to Robby Anderson for his first Panthers TD 💣— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 12, 2021
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