Robby Anderson calls “false news,” Boomer Esiason stands by claim of bigger offer

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Former Jets quarterback and current WFAN sports talker Boomer Esiason claimed on the air that Robby Anderson left twice as much money on the table before signing with the Panthers.

And after Anderson claimed “fake news,” Esiason is doubling down.

Esiason said he was told the Jets had offered Anderson a four-year, $40 million contract. Anderson eventually signed a two-year, $20 million deal with the Panthers, which included $12 million guaranteed.

False news y’all need to better jobs reporting and putting out fake news too ppl,” Anderson tweeted, via SNY, though at some point later he deleted the tweet.

Thursday morning, Esiason defended his initial report.

I have a great source. My source is always accurate. I’m not backing off anything that I said,” he said. “The one thing that I said yesterday that in my eyes remains very true [is] that Robby decided to play for his old Temple coach, Matt Rhule. They have that new offensive coordinator down there, Joe [Brady]. He signed a two-year deal to bet on himself to get back to free agency. I don’t want to say it’s a gutsy move; I think it’s a confident move by Robby Anderson.

“Whether or not he decided to do it that way as opposed to staying with the Jets for four years, that’s his decision. I give him a lot of credit for making that decision, but I know what I know. I know what I was told. . . . He made a business decision, and hopefully it’ll work out for him. But I know what I know, and I was just telling you what I was told, and I stand by it.”

Whether playing with Rhule, Brady, and Teddy Bridgewater in Carolina turns out to be better than staying with Adam Gase and Sam Darnold in New York remains to be seen.

The Jets responded quickly by signing Breshad Perriman to a one-year deal, though their receiving group still needs plenty of help.

17 responses to “Robby Anderson calls “false news,” Boomer Esiason stands by claim of bigger offer

  1. All i know is that after not signing either Anderson or Perriman, the Eagles are taking a WR in the 1st round.

    Robbie made a mistake in signing with Carolina in that Bridgewater was the most conservative passer in the league last year. His depth of target was 6 yards, last in the league.

    Get used to running a lot of empty routes but at least the pay is good. McCaffrey is going to shatter running back receiving records though.

  2. Robbie Anderson wanted to go to a team where he could showcase his skills and have a chance to earn a big payout after 2 years. No one can fault him for that.

    Two observations:

    1 – he’s a deep threat and Teddy Bridgewater is not a deep ball thrower, so his main skill, breakaway speed, will be under utilized

    2 – He will be 2 years older and presumably slowing down.

    So he probably won’t get a big payout in 2 years.

    In any case $20,000,000 for 2 years will last him a lifetime if he’s not stupid.

  3. You know Boomer has legit sources with the Jets. I guess not everyone loves the lights of the big city. As a guy who has lived in this area all of my 50 years, I dont blame them.

  4. Twice as much money? Not really, because 10 million per year is 10 million per year in either case. Perhaps a Rhule offense has a lot more appeal than a Gase offense to a guy who now knows them both.

  5. Interesting tidbit for all of the Jets fans who still swear Darnold is the second coming. Your most talented receiver just left for half the money to a team with NOT future hall of famer Bridgewater at QB, a first time rookie NFL head coach, and a college offensive assistant as offensive coordinator. Seems like he may know something you don’t. Go Bills

  6. charlesbrown2316 says:
    March 26, 2020 at 9:50 am
    Your most talented receiver just left for half the money…
    Let’s assume Boomer is correct.
    4 years for 40 Million from the Jets
    2 years for 20 Million from the Panthers.

    On a per year basis, it’s the same.
    Does anybody know the guarenteed money from the Jets?

    To claim the Jet’s deal is better is wrong.
    It’s wrong because the Salary Cap goes up every year.
    It’s wrong because he could get more than 10 million a year in year’s 3 and 4.

    Nobody will know if it’s a better deal until years 3 & 4.

  7. All that matters is the guaranteed money. A 4-year deal could be structured to be more like a 2-year deal. Maybe the biggest payouts come in years 3 and 4 and they’re not guaranteed. Esiason should know that.

  8. Boomer’s source has to be either Anderson’s agent or the Jets GM. Otherwise, Boomer could be wrong. The only thing that really matters in determining if it’s twice as much money is to compare his first year salary plus guaranteed money between the two offers.

  9. I’d believe Esiason before I’d believe Anderson. From what it sounded like Anderson thought he was worth much more than that $40M but eventually settled for a two-year deal to play with Rhule.

  10. I get your point but there was not way I was going to miss a chance to rub it in

    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    March 26, 2020 at 10:17 am

    charlesbrown2316 says:
    March 26, 2020 at 9:50 am
    Your most talented receiver just left for half the money…
    Let’s assume Boomer is correct.
    4 years for 40 Million from the Jets
    2 years for 20 Million from the Panthers.

  11. Charles Brown, I especially liked the poise Josh Allen displayed late v. Texans. Robbie made me nervous, altercations with police twice, Temple history. Seemed to quit routes. He really suits Allen as a deep threat and I’m looking forward to the rivalry. Jets will add some WR talent in draft. We could end up with a Jeudy, Ruggs, Lamb round 1 and then still have a chance to trade up with two threes if a Johnson, Pittman, even CJ Hamler, Mims,Tee Higgins, Reagor still available. Bel l comes back stronger and hey we won 7 with 70 million in cap injured, is 9 or 10 wins with Brady gone out of question? I think Tua goes to Redskins so Miami will still be searching. NY’s division.

  12. Anyone doesn’t want to play for the Jets been offered a better contract in the one the sign good I’m glad you’re not here and let’s see how he’s doing two years from now if with Boomers said is right Then Robbie did Robbie does he shot him self in the foot again this kid did some of the dopiest things with ever had happened on IT and says things that just make you shake your head so let’s see what he does in Carolina good luck Panthers

  13. @charlesbrown2316

    Have you seen how many of Darnold’s passes have fallen incomplete because Anderson’s hands are weak in traffic or because he couldn’t high point the ball?

  14. Waitaminute…. 4 yrs @ $40M being “twice as much” as 2 yrs @ 20M, is what we’re debating here? Seriously? Sweet little baby golden Jeebus.

    I’m sorry fellas but we may have jumped the shark here. There can’t be any coming back from this kind of utter lunacy. There just can’t.

  15. What bigger offer? Wehn Gase gets fired next year, he’d be going out the door when the new coach gets there. So the other $20 mil on the deal was a pipe dream at best. It’s the same $10 mil deal that he’s more likely to keep if he plays halfway decently for a first-year coach who probably has more rope and doesn’t seem to be an alienating moron like Gase.

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