One of the Jets' biggest questions this offseason is whether or not Robby Anderson will return to New York when the free agency dust settles.
Anderson has been saying GM Joe Douglas and the Jets have been communicating to him that they want him back, and he told the crew on ESPN's NFL Live that he "truly" wants to be back in the green and white, too.
"I think they definitely want me back," Anderson said. "I truly do want to be back with the Jets. I love Sam (Darnold). I love my teammates, Jamal (Adams) and all those guys. I feel like there's unfinished business there that I've been trying to get done since I got there. I would hope to finish out the mission, all in all, but it's a business."
The situation is tricky for the Jets, though. Yes, they need the receiving help, and Anderson has built chemistry with Darnold and it showed in his solid second half last season. He finished the year with 779 yards on 52 receptions with five touchdowns, and those numbers were put up with Darnold missing a bunch of the first half.
But Anderson may turn out to be the best wide receiver in a very thin market depending on what happens with franchise tags. Amari Cooper has the biggest spotlight there, as teams would pounce on him if he were not tagged by the Cowboys. The Bengals also intend to use their tag on A.J. Green.
So the market could be Anderson, Emmanuel Sanders, and Randall Cobb as the top options. Anderson's price tag, then, could rise and the Jets could pass.
This is the first time Anderson has said he wants to be back, though, so there is some positive there. Douglas has also spoken highly of him in the past.
"I can't say enough good things about Robby," Douglas said back in January. "Obviously, so much frustration at the beginning of the year. And I'm sure Robby was as frustrated as any player, being a contract year for him. But the person, the teammate he was -- he persevered. ... I had a great conversation with Robby. Won't get into the specifics of it. But he knows -- he knows how valued he is here and we'll discuss him later as well."
Anderson's market will reveal itself after the franchise tag deadline on March 16, which is also the start of the legal tampering period for NFL free agents.