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:
I will be apart of the Broncos for 4 more years blessed to be apart of this wonderful Organization and super blessed for this opp 32-254-22— Cj Anderson (@cjandersonb22) March 15, 2016
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
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:
Wow welp I've been here b4 jus keep grinding keep working 2 be the best 32-254-22— Cj Anderson (@cjandersonb22) March 7, 2016
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.