Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson said he was thinking loudly and not so serious when he tweeted he was thinking of retiring last week.
Anderson said he had some personal experience, and when asked at his first press conference this offseason that he was thinking of retirement, he said, “I’m here, right?” Told.
He repeated the same phrase two more times for another question.
Anderson’s tweet, “I’m not lying. Thinking about retirement,” surprised many on Saturday.
He deleted the post shortly after tweeting, but not before multiple people took the screenshot.
“At first it was a bit of a surprise, and I just adopted it,” said quarterback Sam Darnold. “I was surprised at first and waited until the mandatory mini camp, and he was here.
“There are many ways to see it.”
Darnold added that he had not yet spoken to Anderson about his tweet.
Panthers coach Matt Roule refused to talk about Anderson’s tweet, adding that players can tweet as they please.
Early retirement would have had a major economic impact on Anderson and Panthers. Anderson, 29, signed a two-year $ 29.5 million extension with Carolina in the final offseason after his 2020 career year.
If he retires, he would have borrowed over $ 19.4 million from Panthers from the bonuses he received in last year’s extension and this year’s contract restructuring.
Anderson participated in the second phase of his off-season workout in May, but was absent from all OTAs for the second consecutive year and chose to work out at home instead.
He appeared in the mini camp on Monday and practiced with limited abilities on Tuesday, but not on Wednesday.
Roule said he didn’t practice because he didn’t think Anderson could go to the trainer.
It was an interesting off-season for Anderson, who has been a hot topic since the end of the 2021 season. In April, Anderson commented under the Instagram post “Noooo” after reports of Panthers’ interest in Baker Mayfield surfaced.
When asked why he felt that way, Anderson said he was just trying to protect his current quarterback. He added that there was no previous case with Mayfield.
“I don’t know my buddy,” Anderson said of Mayfield.
Anderson finished the worst stats season of his five-year career in 2021. He finished in 2021 with 53 catches and 5 touchdowns at 519 yards. He also made seven drops.
Rhule hired a new attack coordinator, Ben McAdoo, in February to fix one of the worst attacks in the NFL last season. McAdoo said he was hoping for Anderson’s bigger role on Wednesday, saying that “the lobby will be in mass production” for the crime.
Meanwhile, Anderson wants the same.
He wanted to change the number from 11 to 3 and spell the name from “Robby” to “Robbie” this offseason and start anew. Number 3 was the number he wore in high school.
“It represents a new beginning,” Anderson said. “That’s the way I feel in many aspects of my life. Many growths, rises. And you know, it’s cheeky.”
Anderson was unable to answer the question as to why he spelled his name. He stood on the podium for only four minutes before leaving for the team meeting.
This story was originally published June 15, 2022, 15:55.