According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Miami Dolphins signed running back C.J. Anderson to an offer sheet.
CJ Anderson's offer sheet with Miami: 4 years, $18 million. Denver has five days to match or lose Anderson.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2016
According to CBS's Jason La Canfora, the Dolphins gave Anderson a four-year, $18 million dollar deal. That averages out to be $4.5 million dollars per year, and it's reportedly structured to make it tough for the Broncos to match. Now General Manager John Elway and the Denver Broncos have five days to decide if they want to match this deal or let CJ walk without receiving any compensation.
While there are reports that the Broncos would match any offer given to Anderson, I do not think they will. It doesn't make any sense to match it. They gave the lowest tender available to Anderson. If they wanted to keep him around they could have paid him another million or two to keep him around. I just do not think the Broncos really value him as much as we all think they did.
Anderson is coming off a disappointing 2015 season where he was out gained by running back Ronnie Hillman during the season. Anderson did have a big postseason run but has yet been able to put it together for an entire season.
If C.J. does walk, look for the Broncos to target a guy like Alfred Morris in free agency, maybe a James Starks and add a back or two during the draft. Heisman Trophy winning running back Derrick Henry could be there for the Broncos at pick 31. Pair him with Colin Kaepernick and the Broncos could have a good rushing attack next season.
I wouldn't panic Broncos Country if C.J. does go to Miami. Gary Kubiak has proven that he can turn anyone into a 1,000-yard rusher during his career. His offensive system works and should be trusted.
Six million in 2016? Bye bye C.J. Anderson