EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 24: Wide receiver Robby Anderson #11 of the New York Jets jumps into the stands after scoring a touchdown during the second half of the game against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium on November 24, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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New Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson penned a heartfelt goodbye to New York Jets fans via Instagram.

He had many nicknames. He has many fans. He now has a new home.

Former New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson signed a two-year, $20 million deal with the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday, thus ending his Jets career. The hometown kid, the Teaneck, NJ native, was one of Mike Maccagnan’s bright spots. The undrafted free agent caught on with the Jets in 2016 and eventually turned into the team’s No. 1 wideout.

Through it all, his personality and social media activity endeared him to a great chunk of the fanbase. It’s why this breakup stings a little more than usual.

Naturally, the Temple product made sure he went out with a heartfelt message to Jets fans, via his Instagram account.


“To Jets nation, I hope this message is heartfelt the same way it’s written. From being undrafted with dreams of becoming the best and having nothing but that on my mind on a daily basis, all or your support made that goal attainable. The love and support from the fans mean the world to me and this will be a hard goodbye and a big loss. To all my teammates and coaches who believed in me, pushed me and always had my back, your words of wisdom and positivity will forever be appreciated. To everybody in the building, from top to bottom, to Migo, the chefs, everybody who I encountered, the love on my end is forever. I just want to say thank you. This opportunity meant the world to me and will never be forgotten. I’m sorry I couldn’t get us to the Super Bowl and playoffs, but just know I gave my all.”

On the surface, and according to reports, Anderson wanted to stay home and the Jets (by all accounts) wanted him back (at the right price). At the same time, Joe Douglas drew a line in the sand and wouldn’t climb to the same number Matt Rhule and the and the Panthers did.

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