Still unsigned, C.J. Anderson feels disrespected

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When Rams running back Todd Gurley got hurt late last season, C.J. Anderson came in off the street, and the Rams’ offense didn’t miss a beat with Anderson replacing Gurley. So now that Anderson is a free agent, is he a hot commodity?

Nope. Anderson was asked by a fan on Twitter where he’s going to sign, and he said he doesn’t know. He then said he feels disrespected that he remains unsigned.

The disrespect is real,” Anderson wrote. “It is what It is. It’s the same story over and over. All I ever wanted was a full opportunity to play 16. My 16 vs anybody else 16 with no front office / coach trying to move me out the way or play we like this guy game. Just want a 16 all I ask.”

It’s easy to see why Anderson feels that way: The only season in his career when he started 16 games, he ran for 1,007 yards.

But while it’s easy to see why Anderson feels that way, it’s also to see why NFL teams aren’t rushing to offer him a lot of money. One of the things that last season in the NFL demonstrated is that expensive running backs can easily be replaced by lower-priced backups. In that respect, Anderson may be a victim of his own success.

79 responses to “Still unsigned, C.J. Anderson feels disrespected

  1. you know who are the most unattractive job candidates? the one’s that complain on social media about not getting hired quickly enough.

  2. He is probably asking for too much money. He got cut twice and then stepped in to a well-oiled running scheme, just like the Steelers and Chiefs.

  3. It’s really not disrespect when your expectations are to be given a full 16 to prove something. There’s probably 30 million that would like to prove their worth for 16.

  4. Here’s a thought. If someone offers you a contract, sign it if you want to play? There’s no rule that says anyone has to give you a lot of money because you want it.

  5. I had hope that CJ would be re-signed. I can relate to players who carry a few extra pounds of cushioning.

  6. I think he really wanted to come back to LA. He never played better than he did last year and the scheme really suited his style. With Gurllie’s arthritic knee you really don’t know what’s gonna happen. But the only reason why he is unsigned is that the money he wants the Rams simply cannot pay due to the money they are paying Todd. It stinks for CJ because he is due a shot to start and get paid something. But investing 3-4 million a season in a backup RB in LA just isn’t gonna happen. Now if they moved on from Gurley, no doubt about it, but they clearly are not willing and financially cannot do that now.

  7. It isn’t about playing, it’s about money. Every team would want him if he would play for the veteran minimum. Undoubtedly, he wants more. I can’t blame him. Running back is grossly underpaid for the physical abuse they take. That said, it’s a buyer’s market on running backs and has been for many years. The difference between the top tier backs and the second tier isn’t that large, certainly not so much to justify spending a fortune on them – like the Jets did for Bell.

  8. Have a seat right over there CJ, with all the other disrespected players. Then all of you can discuss just how disrespected you all are and maybe even vote to see who is the most disrespected. And we won’t have to hear about it.

  9. The Cowboys should pick up C.J Anderson. He was a one man army against them during the playoffs. Rams would have lost that game without him no doubt about that

  10. If it’s so easy to understand why NFL teams “aren’t rushing to offer him a lot of money,” and he played last season for the eventual NFC champions, why can’t you see why NFL teams haven’t been in a rush to offer Kaepernick — who hasn’t played a snap in two seasons — a lot of money?

  11. Elway needs to bring him back to Denver. We can’t ride Lindsey all season and they’d be a great one – two with the awesome defense we’re about to have. Flacco will need a great running game.

  12. Funny, Just before I read this story of the Rams not signing him back I read a different story about the Rams signing someone else back instead and how that leaves Detroit with a gap they now need to fill. Seems so perfect that someone should connect the dots here. Nite though, if he approaches detroit he should take the approach “I just want to do whatever best helps the team” because that is going to get heard a lot better.

  13. What you fail to mention is the year he rushed for over a 1000 yards he only averaged 4.1 yards per carry. The 2 years(last year was only 2 games so can’t really count that) he averaged over 15 carries a game he averaged 4 ypc and 4.1 yet when he’s been in a time share it was 4.7 both years as he really only has 4 seasons of playing time to go off of.

  14. I hate that word “disrespected”. That’s tantamount to a child saying “you hurt my feelings”. Whenever these guys don’t get everything they want, they feel “disrespected”. Maybe he should grow up and use it as motivation.

    It’s not like he has set the world on fire. In eight years he has rushed for a total of 3,454 yards averaging 50 yards per game. He’s more of a backup or a journeyman. Nobody is going to pay him anything more than the veteran minimum and why would they do that when they can draft a RB (or sign one as an UFA) for a lot less. I wonder if he’ll feel disrespected when he has to get a real job.

  15. Great, another whining millennial. Disrespected, nope this is the way the NFL and many other jobs work. Welcome to adulthood. Hope you have a backup plan.

  16. I remember my Jags brought him in for a visit last offseason. He’d be a great complement to Fournette. If he’s willing to play alongside Leonard & sign for cheap, I can see him doing great things for Duval.
    To be continued…

  17. Runningbacks are a devalued commodity now. He is just in an unfortunate position of playing at the wrong position that has been devalued. If you don’t like it, retire. But runningbacks are a dime a dozen now.

    Phillip Lindsey wasn’t even drafted and he’s in the Pro Bowl. Kareem Hunt a third round pick. You don’t even need to use a first round pick on running backs anymore. The fact that the Giants did last year instead of a legit QB is why they sucked so bad.

  18. RBs are virtually useless in this NFL – they can easily be replaced in the draft or via vet minimum contracts.

    If you have a child who plays RB, convert them to WR as quickly as possible if they have even have a slight chance of playing beyond college.

  19. None of us are there to know what’s really going on or being said. However, he is as good or better then half the starting RB’s in the league so I can see being frustrated none the less.

  20. “Then all of you can discuss just how disrespected you all are and maybe even vote to see who is the most disrespected. And we won’t have to hear about it.”

    Yeah but then we’d hear some of them crying that they’re the most valuable disrespected player and how upset they are someone else won the most disrespected vote.

  21. realdealsteel says:
    March 22, 2019 at 10:35 am

    “You don’t even need to use a first round pick on running backs anymore. The fact that the Giants did last year instead of a legit QB is why they sucked so bad.”

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    I agree that you don’t *need* to draft a RB in the first round. But you will never convince me that it was a bad idea to Saquon Barkley over any of the QBs who were available to the Giants after Mayfield went off the board. Picking Barkley was not the reason they sucked last year. They would have sucked with Darnold, Rosen, or Allen under center. Giants fans would be complaining about their bust QB, and they’d have no bell cow at RB.

  22. realdealsteel says:

    March 22, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Runningbacks are a devalued commodity now. He is just in an unfortunate position of playing at the wrong position that has been devalued. If you don’t like it, retire. But runningbacks are a dime a dozen now.

    Phillip Lindsey wasn’t even drafted and he’s in the Pro Bowl. Kareem Hunt a third round pick. You don’t even need to use a first round pick on running backs anymore. The fact that the Giants did last year instead of a legit QB is why they sucked so bad.
    ———-
    That not even close to true. If the Giants would have drafted a qb or most other positions they would have been worse. Yes, Lindsay made the pro bowl but he’s nowhere near the talent level of Barkley.

  23. Every player feels disrespected when they don’t understand the business aspect of the game. An over priced, aging RB is not a priority. Yes he played well when he was fresh and the rest of the league was battered. However, the history of the position and the fact teams can find better, younger and cheaper players in the draft or later are real. He should know that by now. He feels disrespected because he is delusional.

  24. chrisdmv says:
    March 22, 2019 at 10:12 am
    The Cowboys should pick up C.J Anderson. He was a one man army against them during the playoffs. Rams would have lost that game without him no doubt about that
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    That breaks a cardinal rule of being a GM. Don’t sign players just because they played well against you. Anderson doesn’t really add any dynamic to the Dallas squad that they don’t already have. His price tag would be way to high and Dallas would be better off drafting a complementary back to Zeke and not just signing a handcuff/backup. The Rams did it only because Gurley’s injury.

  25. Many references to big contracts and overpaying this guy. He signed with the Rams for $790k ANNUALLY. So he made a prorated $93k. I was hoping the Steelers would sign him last year and still think he could provide some relief to Conner so we don’t have another RB complaining about getting 400 touches per year.

  26. So many running backs are being disrespected. I think the owners are colluding against them!

  27. There’s more to the story with C.J. Anderson as to why he got cut twice, not resigned after doing a great job in his short stint with the Rams (although nothing in the Superbowl) and why he’s till unsigned now. Something is awry.

  28. Running backs and receivers are a dime a dozen. They’re fun to watch, but you don’t win because of them. Otherwise Saquon Barkley’s team would be undefeated.

  29. The problem is a good OL can make any competent NFL quality RB look like an all pro. And the best RB is nothing without a good OL.

  30. I know most of the people aren’t going to like this post. But this guy has bounced around and every time someone gives him an opportunity, he pays them back for believing in him. He performs well and makes the most of these chances. Then when the primary running back comes back, he’s back on the street. It’s not like he can’t play. In fact it’s the opposite He’s a pretty good running back. But there’s something about him people can’t wait to replace him. I don’t know what it is CJ, but look in the mirror. It’s possibly you already know.

  31. I think hes a pretty good player too. But right now the Bears are taking a similar player with a MUCH better record (J. Howard has several 1000 yd seasons & IN SHAPE all 16 games) yet they’re not sure he “fits” into a league that demands VERSATILITY from all backup RBs.

    Unless you’re a truly special “breakaway threat” player at THE #1 RB, you MUST become part of a “crew” each team MUST utilize for run blocking, pass blocking, pass CATCHING, kick returns, special teams DEFENSIVE cover guy, etc. The other positions are too specialized. WRs & CBs are fast but frail, Safeties to small to block, TEs are great blockers who can catch but are NOT elite speed (Remember Gronk on that “safety” tackle he pathetically tried?)

    It all comes back to where can we find THAT TYPE guy, and CJ is “just” a good bulldozer & decent blocker.

  32. Anderson is good for a spot start here and there, but he’s not a 16 game full time starter. Nowadays RB’s need to be WRs in the backfield that can accelerate quickly after catching the ball. Those are not his strengths. Anderson is a battering ram that runs north and south. There is a definite need for players with his skill set, but nobody is going to pay big money for players like that. Most teams can get a guy like him late in the draft.

  33. The last 18 years, I can only think of Lynch, Barber and Bettis as RBs that were substantial contributors to their offenses that actually won a Super Bowl. Other than that, it’s been a dose of average and cheap backs. I’m no GM but if you can win 15 of 18 titles without overpaying a key position, you do it.

  34. Why does he feel personally disrespected that no team feels he is a good enough player to get an NFL contract? I doubt it has anything to do with who he is as a person. What he should feel like doing is something to prove his worth rather than making up excuses for himself.

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