New England Patriots

LANDOVER, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 27: Robby Anderson #11 of the Carolina Panthers warms up prior to the game against the Washington Football Team at FedExField on December 27, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)

Much of the conversation about the Patriots adding a wide receiver this offseason has centered around the draft, especially with the NFL Combine taking place this week. However, the team also appears to be exploring veteran options.

As first reported by Greg Bedard of Boston Sports Journal, the Patriots have ‘shown some interest’ in Carolina Panthers wideout Robby Anderson. Joe Person, who covers the Panthers for The Athletic, later added on Twitter that “[the] conversation was exploratory and nothing imminent at this point.”

Anderson, who turns 29 in May, had a breakout year for the Panthers in 2020. He caught 95 passes for 1,096 yards that season, his first in Carolina after four with the New York Jets. However, he took a step back in 2021 leading to trade speculation heading into the offseason.

This isn’t the first time the Patriots have shown interest in Anderson. Anderson told reporters last season that when he was a free agent in 2020, Bill Belichick made a push to sign him. Anderson recalled Belichick telling him at the time “I’m tired of scheming against you. I’m tired of going against you.”

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