When Kareem Hunt was released by the Chiefs this past weekend, one of the named rumored to replace him was free agent CJ Anderson, formerly of the Broncos and Panthers. However, that isn’t going to happen as he is going to join the Silver and Black instead, according to Adam Schefter:
Raiders are signing former Broncos and Panthers RB C.J. Anderson, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 5, 2018
The Bay Area native (Vallejo) confirmed he will be joining his hometown Raiders.
Just a #CrestKid happy to be home. As @nene25uno my mother would say “it’s only one nation”#RaiderNation let’s get to work— Cj Anderson (@cjandersonb22) December 5, 2018
Anderson, who played for the Cal Bears from 2011-2012, won a Super Bowl with Denver in 2015 and was a key contributor on that Broncos team with Peyton Manning being largely ineffective. Anderson joined the Panthers in May, but was waived last month because he felt his role on the team was too small (with the emergence of Christian McCaffrey as Carolina’s every-down back) and he wanted a bigger workload elsewhere.
Whether he gets that big workload in Oakland remains to be seen, as Anderson will be competing with Doug Martin, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington. But even though it seems like Anderson has been around forever, he’s still just 27 years old and has rushed for 3,155 yards and 20 touchdowns. With a strong performance in the final few games of the season he can put himself into Oakland’s plans for the coming seasons.