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Jets’ Robby Anderson officially signs restricted free agent tender

Robby Anderson, Jets

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson has signed his restricted free agent tender, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

The deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets with competing teams was April 19th, one that came and went without Anderson putting pen to paper. His presence with the Jets for 2019 has been assured ever since; the only question was whether or not he would angle for a multi-year contract extension or sign the one-year tender, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

Anderson will make just over $3 million this season, significantly more than he’s made during each of his first three years in the NFL after signing with New York as an undrafted free agent in 2016.

The three-year pro initially struggled to build on a promising sophomore campaign last season, catching just eight passes over the Jets’ first four games. He emerged as rookie quarterback Sam Darnold’s favorite target from that point on, though, ending 2018 with 50 catches for 752 yards and six touchdowns, all team-high numbers.

At 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Anderson is a long strider who routinely beats defensive backs with deceptive speed. He also has strong, soft hands and impressive body control, attributes that speak to his rare pass-catching versatility.

It’s been a tumultuous offseason for New York, which signed Le’Veon Bell and C.J. Mosley to massive contracts in free agency and selected defensive tackle Quinnen Williams in the 2019 NFL Draft. Earlier this week, the team relieved general manager Mike Maccagnan of his duties, replacing him with first-year coach Adam Gase on an interim basis.