Panthers reportedly sign WR Robby Anderson, release QB Cam Newton
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press that free agent wide receiver Robby Anderson on Tuesday agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth $20 million with the Carolina Panthers.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t announced the move since he hasn’t taken a physical.
ESPN was first to report the news.
The Panthers also on Tuesday released 30-year-old quarterback Cam Newton after nine seasons.
The move became a mere formality after the Panthers made it clear last week they were moving on from Newton by giving him permission to seek a trade and then agreeing to a three-year, $63 million contract with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater about 90 minutes later.
The 26-year-old Anderson becomes the fourth former Temple player to rejoin coach Matt Rhule in Carolina. Rhule was the Owls head coach from 2013-16.
Anderson joins a young Panthers wide receiving group that includes returning starters D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel, adding more speed to an already fast group that will be quarterbacked Bridgewater.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Anderson has never had a 1,000-yard season or more than 63 receptions, but he showed marked improvement late last year particularly with contested balls — something that had been a knock on the rail-thin receiver who sometimes struggled against bigger and more physical defensive backs.
He finished with 52 catches for 779 yards, both second-best totals for his career, and five touchdowns last season.
Anderson has 207 catches for 3,059 yards and 20 touchdowns in his four NFL seasons.