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Patriots Trade Rumors: New England Inquired Panthers About WR Robby Anderson (Report)

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The New England Patriots have reached out to Carolina regarding Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson, according to several reports.

Greg Bedard, the first to report it, notes that Anderson impressed versus New England on film despite not much production through nine games. The 28-year-old had just 49 targets for 17 receptions and 181 yards, not scoring a single touchdown this season.

Anderson’s lack of production likely stems from having a poor quarterback the majority of his career though. The receiver seems to have much more talent than his production shows, and his quarterback ties aren’t the greatest: Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, P.J. Walker, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Cam Newton, Josh McCown, Bryce Petty, Geno Smith.

An expensive contract with limited cap space might give the Patriots reason to avoid Anderson, as he has cap hits of $16.8 million for 2022 and $15.8 million for 2023 on the last two years of his contract.

The Patriots might be looking for a receiver not through the draft and through free agency or trade though, as they might want to focus on their defense more than receivers at the draft.

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