No. 1: Robby Anderson
To get Robby Anderson, ranked the No. 3 free agent wide receiver available by ESPN, the Panthers would likely have to open up the pocketbook and pay the man. Anderson is likely going to command a salary north of $12 million a year and it’s more of a bet on long-term potential than it is on on-field production. Anderson had 52 catches for 779 yards and five touchdowns in 2019 but with an incredibly volatile quarterback situation. Anderson lined up with Trevor Siemian and Luke Falk under center at times and when Sam Darnold was on the field, he struggled mightily.
All of this to say that many speculate Anderson has the potential to be a No. 1 receiving option in this league. There are many that also believe that Anderson is not worth top-tier money, something that could work in the Panthers’ favor. If Anderson slips at all, it might be a good opportunity to give the team two No. 1 options in Anderson and Moore.
Also working in the Panthers’ favor is Anderson’s familiarity with Rhule. Anderson played under Rhule at Temple University, catching 114 passes for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns. Could that relationship lead to Anderson wanting to play in Carolina?
My guess is Anderson will follow the money, but the Panthers should be willing to jump into the sweepstakes if they believe Anderson is a bonafide No. 1 option.