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The Carolina Panthers have signed wide receiver Robby Anderson to a 2-year, $20 million contract

The former NY Jets receiver also played for Rhule at Temple.

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The Carolina Panthers aren’t sitting on their thumbs today. They have reportedly reached an agreement with wide receiver Robby Anderson on a two year, $20 million contract.

They might well have been holding this deal until they got Cam Newton’s money off the books. It also doesn’t hurt that this announcement gives fans and press some non-Newton related news to chew on. To put this in perspective, the money they are paying Anderson is approximately two-thirds of what they would have owed Newton this year.

Anderson is a four year veteran coming from the New York Jets. He amassed 207 receptions, 3,059 yards, and 20 touchdowns while playing on some less-than-great offenses in New York.

He also has the distinction of having played for new head coach Matt Rhule at Temple. Rhule oversaw his switch in college from defensive back to wide receiver in the 2013 season. It is unclear where Anderson actually fits into a crowded wide receiver room. The Panthers are likely to start using more three and even four wide receiver sets under new offensive coordinator Joe Brady, but signing a receiver of Anderson’s quality could also signal a lack of faith in some of the guys, like Curtis Samuel, who are sitting at the top of the depth chart.