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Panthers reportedly sign WR Robby Anderson, release QB Cam Newton

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) splits the defense between Miami Dolphins defensive back Nik Needham (40) and free safety Adrian Colbert (36) to score a touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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.


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