Clearly C.J. Anderson was not in the plans for the Broncos this season. In most instances when that’s the case, you cut the player loose at or just before the start of free agency to allow them to catch on with a new team. That date was March 12 this year. And yet the Broncos waited until more than a month later to cut ties with former Pro Bowl running back CJ Anderson.
As a result, it wasn’t until two days ago that he was able to find a new home, signing on with the Carolina Panthers.
The Vallejo California native and Cal grad spoke about it with Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network and Anderson was far more professional in his response than his old boss was in his actions.
As Anderson notes, he was the Broncos’ starting running back throughout the playoffs in their Super Bowl season in 2015. With Peyton Manning on his last legs, Anderson was an invaluable asset to that offense, rushing 74 times for 323 yards (4.36 yards per carry) and two touchdowns in three playoffs games, including rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl.
The draft hadn’t happened yet when the Broncos cut Anderson. There was literally no reason to wait until the day he was to report to veteran minicamp to inform him he wasn’t coming back. Just bad business that creates bad blood.
Much respect to CJ for his restraint. Not sure I would have been able to do it. And even if he won’t call out Elway, we will.