The Arizona Cardinals have acquired Anderson in a deal that’s essentially for peanuts considering the trade value and the cap hit.
Compensation update: Panthers traded WR Robbie Anderson to the Cardinals in exchange for a 6th-round pick in 2024 and a 7th-round pick in 2025, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 17, 2022
The #Cardinals owe Robbie Anderson the remaining $690,000 prorated portion of his base salary after the trade from the #Panthers, who were looking to move Anderson as soon as Matt Rhule was fired a week ago.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 17, 2022
Anderson is two years removed from posting career highs in receptions (95) and yards (1,096), but his productivity fell off considerably in 2021 as the Panthers trotted out Sam Darnold, PJ Walker, and a totally finished Cam Newton to form one of the league’s worst passing attacks. Robbie gained prominence with the New York Jets, primarily as a deep threat, and signed with Carolina as a free agent in 2020 after his four seasons in The Meadowlands. Safe to say that getting sent to the locker room by interim coach Steve Wilks was the final straw for his time in Charlotte.
You might think that the Cardinals are looking to beef up their receiving corps by adding Anderson to a group with a returning DeAndre Hopkins and Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown, but it looks like the injury that Brown suffered on Tariq Woolen’s interception in Sunday’s Seahawks game is a season-ender.
Cardinals’ WR Marquise Brown suffered a potentially season-ending foot injury Sunday, per sources. He is undergoing further testing today to determine the extent of the injury.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 17, 2022
So this is not a trade to bolster depth, it’s a trade to replace their second-best receiving threat.
Update: Okay the good news for Arizona is that Brown’s injury is still long-term but not likely to end his season.