C.J. Anderson to Remain with Broncos After Denver Matches Offer Sheet

Joseph ZuckerFeatured Columnist

Denver Broncos’  C.J. Anderson (22) celebrates after his touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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With the NFL's top free-agent running backs falling off the board, C.J. Anderson quickly became one of the most coveted players still available. However, he reportedly will remain with the Denver Broncos after garnering interest from multiple teams.

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Anderson's Offer Sheet Matched

Tuesday, March 15

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the Broncos have informed Anderson they will match the Miami Dolphins' offer sheet to retain the running back.

Anderson announced he would be remaining with the Broncos:

Bears Topped Dolphins Offer Sheet

Sunday, March 13

The Chicago Bears reportedly outbid the Miami Dolphins in the hunt for Anderson, offering the running back a four-year, $19 million contract, per Mike Klis of KUSA (via Chris Wesseling of NFL.com).

Dolphins Signed Anderson to 4-Year Offer Sheet

Thursday, March 10

Schefter reported the Broncos had five days to match the Dolphins' offer sheet. Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reported the offer sheet was worth $18 million over the four years.

On Wednesday, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk initially reported the Dolphins' interest in the running back.

Anderson's Value Rose After Big-Money RB Deals

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced they re-signed Doug Martin, while Schefter reported Lamar Miller is headed to the Houston Texans and that the New York Jets landed Matt Forte. Those moves only drove Anderson's market up.

The Denver Broncos have tendered Anderson but wouldn't have received any compensation if they didn't match the Dolphins' offer.

He seemed taken aback by the Broncos' decision:

Anderson is one year removed from the Pro Bowl and ran for 720 yards and five touchdowns in 2015. His return will help add continuity to a Broncos squad that is looking to repeat as Super Bowl champions.