C.J. Anderson using trade talk as motivation

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Broncos running back C.J. Anderson heard the reports about the team floating his name in trade talks this offseason, but nothing materialized and he’s starting offseason work in Denver on Monday.

Anderson told Mike Klis of KUSA that he’s moving forward with the knowledge that he “can be traded at any time” but isn’t using that as fuel for anxiety. Anderson says he’s using it as fuel for the season to come instead.

“Just focus on me,” Anderson said. “Use it as motivation. But I’m going to focus on myself. I still have a job. Try to help my team win games. But at the end of the day, getting shopped around or rumors I was getting traded, I’m going to use it as motivation to show the organization I can still play at a high level.”

The chance that Anderson leaves the team will likely improve if the Broncos take a running back in the early portion of the draft. Parting ways with Anderson, who ran 245 times for 1,007 yards last season, would clear $4.5 million under the salary cap

16 responses to “C.J. Anderson using trade talk as motivation

  1. Why is it human nature to be “motivated” when someone does NOT want you rather when they DO want you?

  2. “Anderson, who ran 245 times for 1,007 yards last season, would clear $4.5 million under the salary cap”

    Good enough numbers that he’ll surely get picked up by another team if cut. Might not make the same money elsewhere depending on how much of that 4.5 mil was from signing bonus and how much he’s due this year.

  3. It sounds like he’s saying he hasn’t been giving 100% effort. I don’t understand how a pro athlete wouldn’t be motivated to be at his best regardless. I’d never sign a guy who didn’t love football enough to give 100% all the time.

  4. This draft is deep at running back. There’s an excellent chance the Broncos can snag one at any one of picks 99, 106 and 113. If so they’d have a younger player at a much lower salary.

    Say Bye Bye to CJ.

  5. charliecharger says:
    April 15, 2018 at 4:04 pm
    It sounds like he’s saying he hasn’t been giving 100% effort. I don’t understand how a pro athlete wouldn’t be motivated to be at his best regardless. I’d never sign a guy who didn’t love football enough to give 100% all the time.
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    If it happened to you, you wouldn’t have to question it. ITs called putting yourself in another mans place. Thats all. 100% is relative when it comes to effort. No one really knows exactly what that is. And anyway he just said he was going to FOCUS more on himself. To keep the thoughts from making him bitter. Most these guys lay it out on the line for their teams and have the pain to prove it. And one ran into you lately?

  6. It seems like most of Denver’s offensive players regressed after Manning. Come to think of it how many of them made the pro bowl after Manning?

  7. the Broncos’ offense will be ineffective once again if Anderson gets the majority of the carries. Let Devontae Booker and DeAngelo Henderson get more chances.

  8. Booker is a bust. Anderson might be average, but Booker getting more carries is nothing more than a recipe for more 3rd and 8s or longer.

    Denver needs a new running back, but the offensive line is weak at right tackle, one of the guard positions, and Matt Paradis is above average at best. They are young at left tackle as well. The main problem for Denver is that there is skill consolidated at certain positions (namely WR1 and WR2 on offense, CB and LB on defense) and nowhere else. There isn’t a good TE to block (or recieve, for that matter) which also hinders the run game.

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