Breaking Broncos News: C.J. Anderson Stays in Denver
In a most unexpected development today, the Denver Broncos matched the Miami Dolphins offer on C.J. Anderson meaning the Broncos' number one running back stays in Denver.
The Broncos had until 2:00 today to match the Dolphins' 4-year, $18 million dollar offer on Anderson, who led Denver in the playoffs with 254 yards rushing on 54 carries, and scored the clinching touchdown in Super Bowl 50. Nobody on television, the radio, or in the break room was giving Broncos' fans any hope that Anderson would be back for 2016.
The return of Anderson was so highly unlikely given the huge contract the Broncos gave to defensive star Von Miller, and their on-going need for a starting quarterback. The signing of Anderson may be an indication that they have higher hopes for Mark Sanchez than anyone might have imagined, though it still seems probable the Broncos will still go after a quarterback.
According to the Denver Post, the deal will make Anderson one of the top 10 paid running backs in the NFL.
Today's good news is diminished a bit with the news that the Broncos are losing starting offensive lineman Ryan Harris to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Harris initially filled in for the injured Ryan Clady at right tackle, and then moved to left tackle when rookie Ty Sambrailo went down with an injury. Expectations will be huge for Sambrailo upon his return, and the Broncos will be looking to add some much needed depth to their offensive line to open up holes for Anderson out of the backfield.