Analyst speculates potential Packers trade for Carolina Panthers WR
By Dean Jones
An NFL analyst has speculated a potential trade that would send Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robbie Anderson to the Green Bay Packers.
It’s been a mixed bag for Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robbie Anderson to start the campaign. The talented wide receiver went over 100 receiving yards and notched a touchdown in Week 1, which was followed by just three receptions, 32 yards, and a fumble during a disappointing contribution at the New York Giants last weekend.
Anderson has an undeniable ability to make things happen. Consistency has been a real issue for the player since his breakout 2020 season and the Panthers might have a difficult decision to make regarding his future next spring if things continue on a downward curve.
The former Temple star is set to count $21.71 million against the cap on the final year of his deal in 2023. Considering how cash-strapped Carolina looks in 2023, it’s hard to justify allocating such an extortionate figure Anderson’s way.
Much will depend on who is calling the shots by that point. But if the Panthers cannot get some momentum before the trade deadline, then moving on from the wideout entirely becomes a possibility given Carolina’s need for additional draft capital.
Trading Anderson is something that came up during the offseason. The New England Patriots reportedly inquired without anything concrete coming from it and there could also be another suitor or two if the Panthers decided to be more receptive to reasonable offers.
Are Packers a potential destination for Carolina Panthers WR Robbie Anderson?
This was a subject brought up on social media by analyst Peter Bukowski, who speculated that the Green Bay Packers could make a move for Anderson if their young wide receiver core cannot make more of the opportunities coming their way from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The Locked on Packers podcast host put across some solid arguments regarding the possibility. Although nobody within the Panthers is throwing in the towel just yet despite a deeply concerning nine-game losing streak dating back to last season.
"“Robbie Anderson is almost a $22M cap hit next season in Carolina. The Panthers season is already over. The Packers have tried to trade for Anderson before and were reportedly interested in signing him as a free agent. He’s under $9M in 2023 too.”"
Anderson hasn’t benefitted from consistent quarterback play over the last two seasons. That would instantly change if he ended up on the Packers.
Rodgers is a two-time defending NFL MVP that would bring the best out of Anderson. Green Bay is struggling for offensive fluidity without stud wide receiver Davante Adams, which won’t be tolerated for much longer if the team wants to realistically contend this season.
After criticizing the fanbase and defending Matt Rhule this week, the pressure on Anderson to bounce back is there for all to see. But if the Panthers’ freefall continues, there is the chance for a mini fire sale ahead of another rebuild.
The cold of Green Bay is a far cry from what Anderson is used to living in Miami. However, this would provide the receiver with a chance to play with one of the league’s best quarterbacks and land on a contending organization.
This is all just rumors and hearsay, for now. That could alter the closer we get to the trade deadline and especially if Carolina is staring down another losing campaign.