C.J. Anderson stays in Denver

AP

Restricted free agent running back C.J. Anderson won’t go to the Dolphins after all.

The Broncos have informed Anderson that they are matching the Dolphins’ offer, meaning Anderson will remain a Bronco, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports and PFT has confirmed.

When the Dolphins signed Anderson to a four-year, $18 million offer sheet, it seemed unlikely that the Broncos would keep him. After all, the Broncos could have kept Anderson for $2.553 million this season simply by tendering him at a higher level as a restricted free agent. If the Broncos like Anderson enough to sign him to a four-year, $18 million contract, why didn’t they sign him to a one-year, $2.553 million contract when they had the chance?

But whatever the Broncos’ reasoning, they’re now going to keep their top running back from their march through the postseason. And the Dolphins will have to look elsewhere for a running back to replace the departed Lamar Miller.

75 responses to “C.J. Anderson stays in Denver

  1. They were able to get Miami to negotiate the contract for them, and they had some cap space open up with guys that maybe should have resigned with Denver leaving. It makes sense, especially if your quarterback is only going to make $4.5 million this season.

  2. Dolphins = desperate. They’ll make some silly offer to a run of the mill back…maybe the Eagles can take them to the cleaners (again) in trading for Ryan Mathews.

  3. Fins already have a running back ..just wanted another good one at a fair price. No big loss here.

  4. Miami should now go after Morris, give him a 4 year $12 mil offer. He is a very similar player to Anderson.

    I really hope they don’t draft Elliot in the 1st, I just don’t think he is worth a 1st rd pick, especially with the other holes Miami need to fill, like CB and LB.

  5. Congrats CJ, by not taking the Bears better offer you got A) less money & B) stuck in Denver

  6. If they did the 1 year, 2 million contract, could the dolphins have tried to make this same bid that the broncos would have to match to keep him? If they could’ve, then the same thing wouldve happened

    Either way, the offense was much better with CJ in the game than Hillman, so I’m ok with spending the money. Supposedly the draft is one of the deepest defensive drafts, so they should be able to get LB and DL health that way

  7. What is Denver thinking? If I were a Bronco fan, I’d much rather have Jackson, Osweiller or Trevathan right now. CJ is easily replaceable, those other guys not so much.

  8. Fins already have a running back ..just wanted another good one at a fair price. No big loss here.
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    I think Ajayi will be a very good replacement for Miller and excel in that system….but I don’t think he can last a whole season as a feature back. They need another back there. Not many feature backs in the NFL anymore.

  9. I wonder if the Fins are regretting giving up that #8 pick to the Eagles now? They would have had a chance at Zeke Elliott there but at 13, very unlikely.

  10. Bears extra $ was a wash to Fla no taxes.

    Well this blows. Everyone wants Morris (local tie) But they should try for a back that can catch well. (Gase fit).

  11. People have this gigantic misconception that you can simply plug and play any running back in a system and just sign rookies forever. A better player is a better player.

  12. Elway had a discussion with C.J. Anderson and was assured that Anderson wanted to be in Denver…..thus, Elway went ahead and matched the offer…….No way it gets done without that……

    Or….maybe Elway realized he made a serious mistake letting him get out in FA and decided to eat it and get him back.

    or….maybe maybe Elway let C.J. Anderson go out to test the market and get a contract worked out to his liking and knew he would match it, and lock Anderson up for a few years……

    Not sure what happened, but it is what it is…..

  13. Ajayi and Williams could probably handle 70% of the load. Wouldn’t be surprised if the Phins draft a guy in round 4 similar to what they did when they got Miller. Or else get a stop gap like Rice or maybe dare I say it Foster. If Foster can get healthy is a big IF but he would be a great change of pace guy. Either way not a big deal – every year you get like 5 or 6 RB’s that you’ve never heard of —- that appear out of nowhere and take the league by storm. Charckandrick West, Rawls, Ware, David Johnson, Jeremy Langford —list goes on…. Next man up!!

  14. Thank you Miami.(at least you made the Broncos pay him)… and lets be right , to compare Elliot to Anderson is goofy. I am a huge Cal Bears fan, and anybody from the Bay, but there is a reason why Elliot is rated as one of the best players in this draft, and why CJ went undrafted.

  15. Elway, “want’s players that want to be Bronco’s”, until there backs are to the wall and they overpay for a mediocre running back, who btw really sounded like he planned on moving to Miami during a phone interview just now.

  16. i’m a bronco fan. i like cj. this makes no sense. elway gambled on the tender and lost. now paying much more. cj’s best year is about 150 yards shy of 1000. i actually understand losing osweiler more than this.

  17. Disregard everything I said about us only wanting to keep players who want to play in Denver.

    ~Elway

  18. Will start feeling that Suh impact when you see good players like Lamar Miller vanish.
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    No offense bro, but you have no idea what you are talking about. Miller at $6.5 mil a year is overpaid, Vernon at $85 mil with $52 mil guaranteed is way overpaid. Miami has plenty of cap space. They are being smarter with the money now, which is a better way to build the team. They got 4 defensive starters for less than the price of what Vernon and Miller pulled in. Plus, they have high hopes for Ajayi.

    Miami is being conservative this year in FA, which is a good thing.

  19. bassplucker says:
    Mar 15, 2016 3:29 PM

    I wonder if the Fins are regretting giving up that #8 pick to the Eagles now? They would have had a chance at Zeke Elliott there but at 13, very unlikely.
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    8 was too high for Zeke. We will see if the Eagles want to make that move now.

    There are at least 4 other good players that fit needs at 13.

  20. Elway made a mistake in not understanding the RB market. But keep in mind, it was either CJ or Brandon Marshall getting the 2nd round tender, and Elway correctly protected Marshall since they knew Trevathan was gone and had to protect the balance of the inside linebacking.

    Also, remember that CJ ran thru Kuechly not once but twice in the Super Bowl in key situations. Along with being a beast for the past two years during the 2nd half of the season.

  21. Terribly played by Denver. A) They could have had him way cheaper if they hadn’t gambled and lost. B) He’s not worth that much money. I was sure they’d let him go. So, what happens next year when Hillman outplays him for the most of the year again?

  22. So… why didn’t he take the $19M Bears offer and parlay that with Denver for a bigger payday? Shouldn’t it not matter considering there’s a Broncos coach on either team and he must’ve had a decent indicator he’d be back on Colorado? Did he know $19M was too rich for Elway’s blood?

  23. Mar 15, 2016, 3:23 PM EDT
    I thought Elway only wanted players that want to be Broncos.
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    Good one

  24. The reasoning is simple: they figured he wouldn’t get signed and the penny punchers would keep him at a bargain basement price.

  25. I thought Elway only wanted people who want to play in Denver? Broncos are smart to match, but definitely stupid not to tender him higher and save a lot of money.

  26. At least Tannehill doesn’t run into his linemans butt,and why hasn’t Sanchez been anything other than a backup the last several years?

  27. I for one think Elliott is worth a top ten pick. He’s not quite a gurley type talent but he’s close and the elite running backs such as Adrian Peterson and Gurley usually come around once every ten years or so and are worth their weight in gold. Walter Payton, Tony Dorsett, Barry Sanders … Elliott has that kind of talent which means he’s worth a top ten pick.

    Personally, I wouldn’t mind the Bears grabbing him at 11.

  28. cafinfan we already have a percy harvin but Landry can actually stay on the field a full season & not a problem off,no denying Percy has mad skills but from all accounts he’s not a good locker room guy

  29. The dolphins should just forfeit the 2016 season, whats the point? 2-14 would be a dream season as this point as Boss Ross says “superbowl” superbowl i tell ya!
    i guess he already has tickets?

  30. citpyrc says:
    Mar 15, 2016 3:23 PM
    I thought Elway only wanted players that want to be Broncos.
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    Outstanding. lol

  31. “I thought Elway only wanted players that want to be Broncos.”

    It is a secret to no one that CJ badly wanted to stay in Denver.

  32. CJ wanted out of Denver. He said he felt Elway disrespected him and he was SURPRISED that Denver matched the offer.
    Elway is on damage control a CYA move at best

  33. Oh but what happened to “ELWAY IS A GENIUS”? Have fun paying an extra 2 mil a year for a guy who’s had one good season

    Funny….everyone dogs Elway for not paying Osweiler 18 million PER SEASON and he had what, 3 solid games? Yet he also gets ripped for paying this guy 18 mil for 4 YEARS? You can’t have it both ways.

  34. “If the Broncos like Anderson enough to sign him to a four-year, $18 million contract, why didn’t they sign him to a one-year, $2.553 million contract when they had the chance?”

    At the time Denver though they were going to need the cap room for their QB…

  35. whiteybulgersson says:
    Mar 15, 2016 4:59 PM
    He should have joined the Pats to back up Dion Lewis.

    We play with integrity and are the class of the NFL.
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    Integrity??? You’re kidding, right? Is this the Joke of the day or the YEAR!

  36. selfpromotingqb says:
    Mar 15, 2016 6:05 PM
    CJ wanted out of Denver. He said he felt Elway disrespected him and he was SURPRISED that Denver matched the offer.
    Elway is on damage control a CYA move at best
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    You have no clue what you are talking about do you!

  37. Terribly played by Denver. A) They could have had him way cheaper if they hadn’t gambled and lost. B) He’s not worth that much money. I was sure they’d let him go. So, what happens next year when Hillman outplays him for the most of the year again?
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    Hillman won’t be back.

  38. I like that Stanford RB but I have no idea if he is even in the draft this year. Whomever they get needs to be able to get positive yards on short yardage. So tired of 3rd and 1 turning into 4th and 3.

  39. 1. Elway thought CJ deserved a multi year extension, and wanted him more than a 2nd round pick.
    2. He wanted the market to set his value.

    Even if these things are true, shouldn’t they have tendered him higher than they did, and had the option of getting a compensatory pick, JUST IN CASE, they either changed their mind or another team gave him a ridiculous offer? Or would teams have low-balled CJ if he had been tendered higher because they thought the Broncos wanted a draft pick instead of CJ anyway, and Elway didn’t want to be unfair to CJ?

    Or did Smellway dong the dog on this one?

  40. It’s ok, we don’t have any guards to block for him anyways. We should have signed a guard and cb already. BUT, we trade for 2 china dolls….sigh

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