Broncos now bracing for potential loss of C.J. Anderson

AP

Quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler are gone. Now, running back C.J. Anderson could be joining them.

With the free-agency period open, teams can make a run at Anderson, a restricted free agent who was tendered at the lowest possible level — and who in turn can be had via an offer sheet that the Broncos can’t or won’t match.

If Anderson, who is expected to generate significant interest, leaves the Broncos, he’ll join Manning, Osweiler, Malik Jackson, and Danny Trevathan as former members of the team.

Broncos fans possibly are powering through this phase of the offseason muttering, “In Elway we trust.” Possibly while sitting on the floor and turning a lamp on and off. On and off.  On and off.

60 responses to “Broncos now bracing for potential loss of C.J. Anderson

  1. And the Broncos slow descent into mediocrity turns into a cliff dive with no parachute.

  2. Hey Denver fans how do you like Elway now??? So that’s Osweiler, Trevathan, Jackson and possibly CJ and Hillman. That’s what happens when you go “all in”. Who knows when you’ll be relevant again. Makes me appreciate my Pats even more when you see how disfunctional other teams front offices’ are.

  3. I really don’t see where one SB has earned Elway the ‘we trust’ mantle he has done a great job but I think it takes more than 5 years to earn that kind of faith

  4. Hope they enjoyed the Super Bowl, because it seems they’ll suck for quite a few years now. They’re getting shredded.

  5. Good for General Manager Elway. He’s not going to be held hostage by the salary demands of players who are 6’s but think they’re 10’s.

  6. “US” Broncos fans knew we would not keep Malik or Danny, and CJ is not that good

  7. Anyone thinking the Broncos will be mediocre doesn’t have a clue. It’s not going to be pretty but they will be in the thick of the AFC when all is said and done.

  8. SB winners always get raided….and most of the players that leave for the huge money never seem to have the same success. I couldnt possibly care less about the Broncos but I have a funny feeling that they will weather the storm.

  9. Osweiler is the next Scott Mitchell and CJ Anderson has all the makings of Olandis Gary. Nothing is broken in Denver.

  10. Let him go. Couldn’t establish himself over Hillman last year. 2nd year for Kubiak and the zone blocking scheme should only run smoother.

    Look for him to do like he did in Baltimore Forsett in FA, draft a Talliaferro. CJ who?

  11. would love to see this guy here in st louis. we could really use a back like him
    You dont have a team in st. louis anymore…lol

  12. The Broncos lost two role players, not stars, on one of the best defenses of all time. They will be fine

  13. thewigglr says:
    Mar 9, 2016 4:29 PM
    Hey Denver fans how do you like Elway now??? So that’s Osweiler, Trevathan, Jackson and possibly CJ and Hillman. That’s what happens when you go “all in”. Who knows when you’ll be relevant again. Makes me appreciate my Pats even more when you see how disfunctional other teams front offices’ are.

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    You do realize that this is exactly what the Pats do, right? Not overpaying free agents and replacing them with homegrown talent?

  14. Broncos going to have a tough time repeating last years Super Bowl win. Might be more like a 9-7 year.

  15. This feels like exactly what happened to the Ravens a few years ago. But they kept their QB of the future, lol.

  16. We are losing replaceable cogs in a machine greater than any of its parts. These are money grabs by mid level players cashing in on a SB win. We will keep drafting better than everyone and develop new players to win with. This also gives us more money to play with in free agency to improve the oline and replace Trevathan. Brock obviously doesn’t value winning over money, oh well some people like to push and not get pushed back. Houston is perfect for him, they don’t expect much there as long as there’s money. Yeehaw.

  17. realtruthteller100 says:
    Mar 9, 2016 4:29 PM
    “would love to see this guy here in st louis.”

    you do realize STL has no team now correct?!?!?! they moved to LA homie!

  18. Did anyone even know who Trevathan, Jackson, Anderson, and Osweiler were before the Super Bowl? Now all of a sudden people are acting like they’re superstars! I’ve never seen anything like it.

    I hate to deflate (no pun intended) your false hopes, but Denver’s entire core is still in tact — Miller, Ware, Ward, Stewart, Talib, Harris, Wolfe, and Marshall on defense, and Thomas and Sanders on offense). Denver also now has plenty of money to spend to replace these minor role players with much more reasonable salaries. Kudos to Elway for not blowing $18 million on an unproven QB and $15 million/year on a slightly above-average DL who had about 2-3 great games last year while benefiting from the guys around him (Miller and Ware).

  19. Does it matter? They won the Super Bowl. Some rebuilding is fine. Can’t pay everyone. Hurts to lose Brock, but no guarantee he was going to be great considering they had to bring a very limited Peyton Manning in to get the first seed.

  20. If the latest on the Broncos doesn’t give you new appreciation for how well the Patriots have held it together for the last 16 years I don’t know what would. They have won an average of 12.5 games/years since their dynastic run of 2001-2004, winning their division in all but one of those years.

  21. Denver’s not worried. That’s a lot of compensatory picks coming next year. Remember, owners just voted that comp picks can be traded beginning in 2017.

  22. Running backs really aren’t THAT valuable. This may seem like a bad offseason so far, but I respect Elway for not overpaying for players. Can always rebuild with the draft

  23. Everyone thought Manning would be gone, and he is. We haven’t seen enough from Osweiler to give him the 4th year and we aren’t as desperate as McNair is to win.

    Malik Jackson is a great player, but Jacksonville definitely overpaid him by putting him up there around Watt and Suh.

    CJ and Ronnie didn’t show us enough to give them lucrative offers.

    Denver likely will not win the SB this year and Elway realized that. Let not kid ourselves, Malik Jackson and Osweiler contributed but aren’t cornerstone pieces like Miller and Peyton was when coming to the Broncos.

    The Texans just signed Osweiler for 1 million less per year than the Broncos signed Manning in 2012

  24. milehighsativa says:
    Mar 9, 2016 4:43 PM
    We are losing replaceable cogs in a machine greater than any of its parts. These are money grabs by mid level players cashing in on a SB win. We will keep drafting better than everyone and develop new players to win with. This also gives us more money to play with in free agency to improve the oline and replace Trevathan. Brock obviously doesn’t value winning over money, oh well some people like to push and not get pushed back. Houston is perfect for him, they don’t expect much there as long as there’s money. Yeehaw.

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    I agree except for Peyton. That is a huge loss despite his level of play in 2015. There’s a reason Brady, Peyton and Ben represented the AFC 13 of the last 15 years.

  25. 1heatedtoombrayduh says:
    Mar 9, 2016 4:29 PM

    that team is getting poached!!

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    Hunting season opened yesterday.

  26. @jag1959 That’s 1 superbowl win, 2 AFC championships and 5 AFC West championships….in 5 years. Previous 5 years prior to John Elway….nothing.

  27. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Mar 9, 2016 4:32 PM

    The two-time world champion SEAHAWKS won the SB and their players were begging to resign them

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    When did Seattle win its second SB?

  28. vietnambob2473 says:
    Mar 9, 2016 4:35 PM

    The Broncos lost two role players, not stars, on one of the best defenses of all time. They will be fine
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    Get real. They were far from one of the best defenses of all time.

    Great defenses don’t get taken to overtime by the likes of the Browns.

  29. Not surprised. You can’t keep everyone. CJ had injury issues that kept him off the field. Obviously all NFL players get hurt but this is a theme with him – half of the year? Meh. Other half? Pretty good.

    Same thing w/ Trevathan. When healthy he was a good player. He’s also seemed to be a good dude, so hope he can stay healthy there in Chicago

  30. says:
    Mar 9, 2016 4:32 PM

    The two-time world champion SEAHAWKS won the SB and their players were begging to resign them

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    When did Seattle win its second SB?

    I was thinking the same thing. And they lost players too. Browner and Maxwell left from the secondary.

  31. Who’s gonna be the QB now? Maybe Elway comes out of retirement and messes with the cap to help them win another one, since HGH Manning retired

  32. For somebody who’s supposedly a feature back he’s got some bizarre stats the past couple years. In 2014 he had only two games over 100 yards but those were back-to-back monster efforts of 167 and 168 yards. In 2015 he was at 2.5 yards per attempt through 6 games and finished under 50 yards 10 times on a team that would have loved to have ran the ball all day long.

  33. Only thing I can compare this bleeding of talent in Denver to is back in 1974 after Miami won their second straight Super Bowl (VIII), and then got creamed by the new WFL, which took Csonka, Kiick, and Warfield from them! (But since I don’t like the Broncos, I have no proble with this! Here’s your shot, Raider Nation!…BTW not a Raiders fan, but sick of Broncos and the most boring team in football, the KC “game manager Alex Smith-run” Chiefs!

  34. LOL. When are people going to learn about over valuing running backs? Especially Broncos fans? How many mediocre backs have had great years in Denver only to flame out elsewhere? 5? 10? The list seems endless.

    NEVER, EVER, overpay for running backs. You can 90% of all but maybe the 5 best backs in the league for 10% of the money just by drafting one in the 3rd round.

    Bye, bye, CJ.

  35. There are backs coming out of college that can replace him in a zone blocking scheme. There is one who is a projected mid round pick that offers much more. Quality back but replaceable. Osweiler is a loss. Go for Kap, avoid Robert Griffin. But now Denver ends up spending more on QB than Osweiler would have cost and that will now include draft picks. Badly handled. The best scenario was to throw money to sign Miller before free -agency and then tag Osweiler. Missed opportunity.

  36. Denver thought that their players would give them the hometown discount. Nope.

  37. DEN kept it’s core players. These may be good players but just not worth the money.

    Keeping them may have made next year better and easier since they know the systems, but long term may in fact hurt them.

  38. LMAO! All these people predicting gloom and doom for Denver fans is hilarious! This team is still great. Obviously, not a lot of people understand this team has been assembled masterfully by John Elway and the front office staff. 2 Super Bowls in 3 years says it all.

    Now Broncos will compete for back to back Super Bowls, and make no doubt about it. They’ll find a QB who may even turn out to be great and we’ll have ourselves another fine season. Enjoy haters!

  39. All you dummies saying Denver is going to suck this season, dumpster fire, champs to chumps, didn’t manage the cap, so on and so on are so dramatic. Fact is only 3 players have signed elsewhere so far and Jackson is the only one who is not replaceable. Malik is good but his deal is stupid over the top. 532 players changed teams last year in FA and only 4 ended up pro bowl players. NFL fans always overreact to FA and these comments are another shining example of that. Any true Bronco fan knew losing Jackson and Trevathan was going to happen this is not a shock. So get all excited try to bring us down but the Broncos will be in contention again this year and maybe you’ll finally realize the true depth of this Denver squad.

  40. FYI – there are NO compensation picks rewarded for players that were tendered and lost. So losing a restricted free agent or a player that had the transition tag will result in 0 compensation picks next year. Denver gets nothing if they lose CJ.

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