According to a report, the Dallas Cowboys expressed interest in trading for Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson prior to their trade for Michael Bennett.
With the NFL trade deadline quickly approaching, the Dallas Cowboys figured to be purely observers rather than players in the market this year. The fact is, the Cowboys have one of the most talented rosters in the entire league. Although Dallas could always use additional depth, the team seems set to make a playoff run as-is.
Yet, the Cowboys did make a trade this past week, acquiring former Super Bowl champion and three-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Michael Bennett from the New England Patriots for a conditional seventh-round selection in 2021.
The Cowboys are Bennett’s fourth-team in four years. And the 33-year old’s addition is expected to help fill the void left by versatile defensive end Tyrone Crawford, who was recently placed on Injured Reserve due to a hip injury.
But prior to the Cowboys trade for Bennett, Dallas was reportedly interested in trading for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson. Here’s what NFL Insider Adam Schefter wrote about the Cowboys having interest in Anderson via ESPN.com recently.
“The Jets have been receiving calls about defensive lineman Leonard Williams and wide receiver Robby Anderson, according to sources. The Cowboys were among the teams that called about Williams and expressed interest, but then they traded for former New England defensive lineman Michael Bennett, taking them out of the mix for Williams.”
The fact that the Cowboys were interested in adding another wide receiver to an already stacked roster is interesting. But Anderson’s abilities as a deep threat likely give him an edge over the other wideouts currently on the depth chart in Dallas.
In the Jets’ Week Six victory over the Cowboys, the 26-year old wideout racked up five catches for 125 yards including a 92-yard touchdown reception.
Undrafted out of Temple back in 2016, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Anderson ran a 4.34 forty-yard dash at his pro day. He was signed by the Jets and recorded 42 receptions for 587 yards and two scores as a rookie.
Over the past two seasons, Anderson has a combined 113 catches for 1,693 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has an average of 14.8 yards per reception over his four-year NFL career so far. He’s scheduled to become an undrafted free agent next offseason.
With Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, Randall Cobb, Devin Smith, Tavon Austin, Ventell Bryant, and Cedrick Wilson already on the depth chart at wide receiver, plus Noah Brown possibly returning from the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list soon, making a trade for someone like Anderson seems like overkill in Dallas.
Yet, the Dallas Cowboys have needed a consistent deep threat for years. If the team doesn’t trade for Anderson before Tuesday’s deadline, he’s at least a name worth watching when free agency kicks off next March.