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Report: Broncos will not release C.J. Anderson “at this time”

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The Denver Broncos are not looking to release C.J. Anderson at this time, but appear to hope to find a trade partner soon.

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C.J. Anderson is still a Denver Bronco. For now.
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The Denver Broncos are not in a hurry to release C.J. Anderson.

Anderson’s deal is structured so that it frees up an immediate $4.5 million without incurring any dead money going forward, so the Broncos have flexibility here. If the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes heats up and John Elway needs cap space in a hurry? Anderson is probably out the door.

There are two main conclusions to take from the Klis tweet. First, it suggests that the Broncos may be waiting to cut bait until they have a reason to spend that $4.5 million. This isn’t surprising as Denver is not considered the current front runner for Kirk Cousins. Second, there are rumored trade discussions between Denver and the Miami Dolphins where Anderson would go to Miami in exchange for veteran tackle Ja’Wuan James, a former first rounder.

Anderson has worked previously with Miami’s head coach Adam Gase. Gase was the offensive coordinator when Anderson signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2013. A trade would make sense for both teams as Denver has a pressing need at tackle while the Dolphins could use a running back after trading Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles last year.