Robby Anderson didn't want things to turn out this way.
The wide receiver didn't want to be tendered as a restricted free agent because he wanted to commit his future to the Jets. But the team placed a second-round tender on Anderson in February, and on Thursday Anderson signed that tender, which is worth about $3.1 million.
April 19 was the deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets. Anderson didn't sign one, so he was left to either hold out for a better deal or sign the tender.
Anderson said in November he didn't want to be tendered by the Jets because he wanted to be in their long-term plans.
"I would hope not to be tendered," he told the Daily News' Manish Mehta. "Because I don't want to be here for possibly just one more year. I want to be here for the long term. I feel like I worked hard. (The tender) is a step up from where I'm at now. But I want to be here for the long term."
The 26-year-old led the Jets in yards receiving, targets and touchdowns in each of the last two seasons.