3. Anderson will be playing for potential future deal
Agreeing to a one-year deal with Detroit may not have been the preference for Anderson, but also the veteran knows he can’t be picky at this point since free agency has already been underway for a few weeks, and there weren’t many offers to begin with.
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However, if Anderson were looking for a positive factor to the situation, the good news about playing on a one-year deal is if he lives up to the hype, and makes a serious impact on offense, this could potentially land to a larger deal down the road.
Believe it or not, this is a common approach in the NFL when players agree to a short-term deal, and betting on themselves to earn a larger contract down the road.
While it was great to see Kerryon Johnson come up big as a rookie before a knee injury bothered him towards the end of the year, the Lions haven’t exactly been fortunate enough to find reliable running backs over the years.
Anderson certainly isn’t going to solve all of their problems in the backfield, but if all goes well in 2019, the Lions or a different team may be more open to a heftier deal next offseason for the veteran running back.