The Carolina Panthers have made a big move that will certainly please their new quarterback Sam Darnold. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Panthers have inked wide receiver Robby Anderson to a two-year extension worth a little less than $30 million.
Sources: The #Panthers and WR Robby Anderson have agreed to terms on a 2-year, $29.5M extension to hand Anderson more guaranteed money and keep him in a Carolina uniform. He’ll be eligible for a fourth contract at age 30. The former undrafted WR cashes in again.💰 💰 💰
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 24, 2021
This is a huge deal for Anderson and the Panthers. Of course, Darnold and Anderson were teammates with the New York Jets and have reunited in Carolina after Darnold was traded in the offseason.
Anderson posted his first 1,000-yard campaign in 2020, finishing with 95 catches for 1096 yards but only three touchdowns. Obviously, he and Darnold have a connection, and the Panthers' offense looks very dangerous with DJ Moore and Christian McCaffrey, not to mention talented rookie Terrance Marshall.
This is a smart move for both sides, and Anderson has cashed in on another nice deal as he continues to benefit despite going undrafted. According to Rapoport, Anderson will get $20 million guaranteed in the deal, and he should be in line for another 1,000-yard season with Darnold already drawing heavy praise from his new teammates and coaching staff.
The regular season kicks off for the Panthers on September 12, and ironically enough, it's against the New York Jets– their former employer.