Robbie Anderson explains Baker Mayfield tweet to Panthers


It is what it is.

Panthers receiver Robbie Anderson “was just thinking out loud” when he responded, “Nooooo” to a tweet last month about Carolina being the most likely destination for Baker Mayfield.

“I said what I said. That’s just my thinking out loud. My thought,” Anderson explained Wednesday, after the Panthers completed the second day of a three-day mandatory minicamp.

Anderson later deleted the tweet.

“Just trying to be a good teammate to my quarterback. That’s it,” he said about Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold. “Just trying to defend the guy who is my quarterback in a sense. You know what I’m saying? That’s it.

“I mean, that’s my quarterback. I’ve got to make him right and stand up for him.”

Anderson and Darnold played together for two years with the Jets, before the quarterback-receiver duo spent last season with the Panthers.

As for Darnold, he said “it was kind of a surprise” when he first saw Anderson’s tweet.

“There’s a lot of ways to look at that,’’ Darnold said Wednesday. “I’m not going to dive into that.’’

Anderson, meanwhile, said, “I don’t know Baker,” and added that his tweet wasn’t personal.

Panthers receiver Robbie Anderson gestures during practice Wednesday.
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield stands on the sideline during a game against the Ravens, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Cleveland.
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield stands on the sideline during a game against the Ravens in December.

On Tuesday, a day before Anderson addressed the media, CBS Sports reported the Panthers are showing “urgency” to get a Mayfield trade done with the Browns so the quarterback can get time with the team in minicamp.

“It would be what it is, you know,” Anderson said Wednesday about the possibility of Mayfield landing in Carolina.

Mayfield has been linked to the Panthers since he requested a trade out of Cleveland in March, after the Browns acquired his replacement Deshaun Watson. The Carolina buzz simmered in April, though, when the Panthers selected former Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral in the third round of the NFL Draft.

Carolina and Cleveland were reportedly in talks about a possible trade for Mayfield, but according to the Charlotte Observer, both sides couldn’t come to an agreement about how much of Mayfield’s $18.8 million guaranteed salary would be paid by the Browns.

Anderson addressed his tweet days after he tweeted then deleted on Saturday: “Ain’t gone lie. Thinking about retiring.’’

In response to the latter tweet, Anderson said Wednesday, “I’m here, right?’’

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