The Dolphins added another intriguing weapon for Tua Tagovailoa in the 2023 season, and he just might be the Chosen one.
On Saturday, the Miami Dolphins signed free agent wide receiver Chosen Anderson to an undisclosed contract, per Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald. Later, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport confirmed the deal is for one year, but no terms have been disclosed.
Chosen Anderson, formerly known as Robbie Anderson, spent the past season splitting time between the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals. He’ll join an already elite Dolphins passing attack featuring Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill, and Jaylen Waddle and may make the most impact as a scheme-dependent depth piece in 2023.
The 29-year-old recorded a career-low 20 catches for 282 yards and one touchdown and was released by the Cards in March.
Anderson memorably butted heads with the Panthers coaches at the start of the 2022 season, got traded, and then failed to carve out a significant role for himself in Arizona even with an injured Marquise Brown missing time.
Anderson actually spent the majority of his NFL career on the New York Jets, and he’ll be re-acquainted in Miami with former Jet Braxton Berrios, whom he played with for one year.
Dolphins secure key wideout depth with former Cards’ Chosen Anderson
Will Anderson be able to replicate his 1,000-yard receiving totals from his 2020 season in Carolina? Probably not.
In Miami, he clearly takes a backseat to Hill and Waddle and may only see the field if one of those two gets hurt or needs a rest. Still, Anderson is a fine pick-up as an insurance piece and can likely benefit from the extra stability of assimilating into a well-oiled offense.
His supporting cast at Carolina and Arizona wasn’t nearly as talented as Miami’s, and even though he’ll face tougher opponents in the AFC East, he gets the fresh start he needed.
Like so many other free agent wideouts, consider Anderson a low-risk, bargain addition who won’t make a huge splash during his brief time with the Dolphins.
2023 nonetheless marks a new era for the Florida-born wideout — a new name, a new team, and a new challenge awaits him.