Broncos to release running back C.J. Anderson

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Running back C.J. Anderson had planned to use trade talk as motivation. He’ll now have even more motivation.

Per a league source, the Broncos will be releasing Anderson.

Undrafted in 2013, Anderson became a key contributor to the Broncos, culminating with his 23-carry performance in Super Bowl 50. He thereafter signed an offer sheet with the Dolphins as a restricted free agent, and the Broncos opted to match the four-year, $18 million package.

Anderson, who missed much of the 2016 season with a knee injury, had his first career 1,000-yard season in 2017. But that wasn’t good enough to get the Broncos to keep him around, at a salary of $4.5 million in 2018.

The Dolphins become an obvious candidate to sign Anderson, who’ll instantly become a free agent when officially released.

42 responses to “Broncos to release running back C.J. Anderson

  1. I don’t think Miami is a guarantee. They have high hopes for Drake and they just signed Gore. Plus there is a lot of RB depth in the draft. I wouldn’t rule out the Colts going after him.

  2. I could easily see him in Carolina. It might have to wait until after the draft (which he might not be available by then), but he would provide a lot of insurance and has some similarities to Jonathan Stewart…

  3. He consistently runs hard and behind a good line I could see him bouncing back in a big way. His last couple years in Denver epitomize their strange decisions since the Super Bowl win. It was rather surprising they matched Miami’s offer but in so doing you would have assumed they would have made the O-line a priority to maximize the investment in Anderson. But instead their line has continued to decline to the point it’s now their #1 problem. Yet, they STILL haven’t committed to fixing it even as they talk about bringing in a rookie QB whose development will obviously suffer if they can’t protect him.

  4. Miami? Maybe 3-4 weeks ago but not with the signing of Gore although it will be a 1 year deal. I find it cruddy when teams let veterans go this late into free agency.

  5. Cap hell.

    Should be fun watching Elway continue to struggle as he arrogantly ignores the market and salary allocation.

    Their rebuild may take a while, but I am loving every second of watching their arrogance backfire.

  6. I can see Redskins throwing their hat in the ring and that would solidify them taking a DT in round 1.

  7. u4iadman says:
    April 16, 2018 at 10:52 am
    Raiders.

    if it means sending what is left of Doug Martin packing I am all in.

  8. All these mean comments trashing on him or calling him a bum. This dude just put up his career best year last year and had his first 1000 yard rushing season… some harsh critics out there with unreasonable expectations.

  9. if the Bills don’t trade or package Shady for a move in the draft,would like him as a 1..2 punch with McCoy !!

  10. Appreciate his effort and coming up from being an undrafted guy to a starter. Kind of surprised they didnt wait till the draft, but hopefully this means Deangelo Henderson will get more work (and he chills with the fumbling)

  11. Things would of been much different if Elway would of used the 2nd round tender on Anderson 2 years ago instead of being cheap and trying to get by with the Right of first refusal tender. The Miami deal cost too much for a RB with an Injury history. Best of luck CJ. Man I really hope Barkley slips to 5 cuz Booker isn’t good enough to be the man.

  12. tylawspick6 says:
    April 16, 2018 at 11:18 am
    Cap hell.

    You should get a new schtick. The Broncos aren’t in cap hell. They are right where the Patriots are. Are they are in cap hell too?

  13. seriously they cant afford 4.5 mil for a starting RB? if only green bay would pick him up on the cheap and put Ty back in as a slot and could still be used as a spell back

  14. $4.5 million is not too much for a back that gained 1,000 yards. Some running backs have signed for more money this off season and they have never had a 1,000 yard season.

  15. Is it me or is Denver tipping their hand a little? Hypothetically, if they were going after Saquan then why not wait until after draft to release CJ?

  16. Why do people smack talk CJ? He’s a nice guy who tries hard, stop being jerks. Yeah, he as overpaid, but who among you would turn down a raise? My question is why release him before the draft? Seems like it would make sense to hold on until you see who you draft, and at least hold out for a low round trade. If nothing comes of it, release him later.

  17. I think that Elway did CJ a solid with no sneaky motives. Now CJ can sign with anyone he wants. Not a bad runner, but not a star. Just a bit too slow along with his injuries. I wish him well and thanks for the memories. Will John take a RB -yes. Will it be Barkley I highly doubt it.

  18. matthewquiqley says:
    April 16, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Why do people smack talk CJ? He’s a nice guy who tries hard, stop being jerks. Yeah, he as overpaid, but who among you would turn down a raise? My question is why release him before the draft? Seems like it would make sense to hold on until you see who you draft, and at least hold out for a low round trade. If nothing comes of it, release him later.
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    Maybe since he’s such a nice guy the team is doing him a solid so he can find a team he has a chance to start with?

    haha- I’m funny. Teams don’t do noble things. “It’s all business”

  19. Kind of surprising they couldn’t muster ANYTHING for CJ after they managed a 4th round pick for Kapri Bibbs and a 5th just a year ago. Based on the timing (CJ was to report to offseason workouts today) I think this is definitely about getting a bad taste out of their mouths a.k.a. culture change. There were two really solid contributors who were very vocal in their push back to both fans and media during an awful season last year and now they’re both elsewhere (CJ & Talib).

  20. You all realize that he is subject to the Waiver protocol. The Browns, Giants, Colts, etc. If he gets by the Giants and Colts he could go to Miami. His asking price will determine where he goes. It does suck that Teams release a player so late or would have been 100% signed by Miami instead of Gore. This guy has plenty left and should get around $2.5M

  21. Ran for 1000 behind an inconsistent OL and second tier QB play? Might do well. His greedy agent should have advised him to not sign that offer sheet and make Elrod mad. Just sayin.

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