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Former Jets dynamic playmaker ponders retirement at 29

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A former New York Jets fan favorite is surprisingly considering hanging up his cleats.

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson tweeted that he is considering retiring on Saturday, June 11. Independent football reporter Dov Kleiman screenshot made now deleted tweet as evidence.

“Ain’t gone, lie. Thinking about retiring…”

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Anderson first joined the league in 2016 as an undrafted free agent from Temple.

The 29-year-old not only earned himself a place in the final 53-man list, but quickly became a playmaker for the Green-Whites over the next four years:

Although it was time to get paid, there was some open debate as to how much this talented playmaker was worth.

Ultimately, Anderson left town and joined the Carolina Panthers in the free hand. He signed a two-year, $20 million contract and absolutely reached a new level with a career year in his first season with the Panthers in 2020.

Anderson had 95 catches for 1,096 yards and three touchdowns. This resulted in an immediate $29.5 million contract extension over the next two years.

Though that happiness wouldn’t last when he was reunited with fellow Jets quarterback Sam Darnold.

Over the past year, Anderson struggled mightily, registering just 53 receptions for 519 yards and catching five touchdowns. Carolina imploded and finished with an overwhelming 5-12 record.

Anderson was clearly frustrated last year, and he was caught on camera repeatedly expressing his displeasure on the sidelines.

This apparent frustration has Anderson reconsidering his football future:

If this is the end for Anderson, he’s made a remarkable career for someone who didn’t hear his name called during the NFL draft.

While the former Temple product never made the Pro Bowl, he dazzled fans with his elite speed and playing ability.

While it’s not the end, it’s worth noting that the New York Daily News’ DJ Bien-Aime said back in February there had been some talk of the Panthers potentially moving away from Anderson.

He said if that happened, the Jets would be Anderson’s “preferred target.” This was now reported before the Jets added the number 10 Garrett Wilson in the 2022 NFL draft.

The Jets are four at wide receiver but could still use a deep threat and someone to cover should an injury occur.

Affectionately known by his nickname “The Sun God,” Anderson developed a special bond with the Jets fan base. His affinity for the big game always kept fans on the edge of their seat and the thought of his return is certainly exciting.

Especially when you consider that one of the strengths of Zach Wilson’s game is his monster arm, and that could pair beautifully with Anderson’s dynamic speed.

This is certainly a situation we should continue to monitor throughout the offseason

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While the former Temple product never made the Pro Bowl, he dazzled fans with his elite speed and playing ability.

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