Chosen Anderson had an underwhelming 2022 campaign with the Panthers and Cardinals, but he is now set for a new start. The veteran receiver has agreed to a deal with the Dolphins, per ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques (Twitter link).
Anderson, 29, saw his time in Carolina come to an abrupt end with a sideline argument with interim head coach Steve Wilks leading to his mid-game dismissal. He was traded to Arizona the following day, in a move which came as no surprise given the way his relationship with the Panthers unravelled. Anderson had been unable to replicate his 2020 success (95 catches, 1,096 yards) in the year-plus since that time, and thus represented a logical change-of-scenery candidate.
The former Jet arrived in Arizona with the opportunity to carve out a notable role for himself, but that didn’t take place. Anderson logged a snap share of just 30% in 10 games with the Cardinals, registering seven scoreless receptions. He was among the team’s cost-cutting releases last month, which allowed him to choose his next destination via free agency.
Miami will present a challenge for Anderson in terms of finding snaps in a starting or rotational capacity. Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle comfortably sit atop the Dolphins’ WR depth chart, but Anderson will now look to add to the team’s options behind those two at the position. Miami is undecided on the fate of veteran Cedrick Wilson, but they are willing to trade him. Especially if the latter is moved, Anderson could have a path to earning a 53-man roster spot this summer.
The Dolphins will represent Anderson’s fourth NFL team, and an opportunity to rebuild his value to an extent. Several years removed from not only his lone 1,000-yard campaign, but also the 2017 season in which he totaled 941 yards and seven touchdowns, the former UDFA is likely eyeing a complimentary workload at most for the remainder of his career. His next chapter will take place in Miami, where the team will look to replicate its 2022 success in the passing game while Anderson will look for some long-term stability in his latest home.