C.J. Anderson Signed to Dolphins Offer Sheet: Latest Contract Details, Reaction

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2016

Feb 7, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) celebrates after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins' push for restricted free-agent running back C.J. Anderson just intensified, as he signed a four-year offer sheet on Thursday. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported Anderson's deal with the Dolphins, noting the Denver Broncos have five days to match the offer. The Dolphins would later confirm Anderson signed the offer sheet. 

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported terms of Anderson's offer sheet from Miami are four years and $18 million. La Canfora noted he has heard the deal is "fairly front loaded."

Anderson tweeted "God is good thank you" after the offer sheet was announced. He also tried to calm down fans in Denver, posting "we haven't done anything but made a deal please don't miss read the tweets."

There was also a fun exchange on Twitter involving Anderson and Broncos cornerback Chris Harris about comments made by former Denver offensive coordinator and current Miami head coach Adam Gase:

However, as noted by Lindsay Jones of USA Today, Gase's comments did not impact Anderson's relationship with him:

The writing seemed apparent that Anderson would at least secure an offer sheet from the Dolphins, with Schefter noting an obvious connection before the two sides met on Thursday:

The Broncos took a risk with Anderson, placing a low-round tender on him that will not cost the Dolphins any draft-pick compensation if Denver decides not to match the offer. 

It was a surprise move by the Broncos because Anderson has been so valuable out of the backfield over the previous two years. Denver hasn't used him as an every-down player, but the 25-year-old has racked up 1,569 yards and 13 touchdowns in 331 carries since 2014.

Pro Football Focus (h/t Matthew Cannata of The Phinsider) graded Anderson as the NFL's fourth-best running back and No. 1 in production per snap in 2015.

In addition, Pro Football Focus also noted Anderson's best season by its metrics came in 2014 with Gase as Denver's offensive coordinator. 

Anderson was terrific for the Broncos during their run to the Super Bowl this year. He had 234 yards and two touchdowns in three games, including Denver's final score against the Carolina Panthers with just over three minutes left to seal the victory. 

This offseason is quickly turning sour for the Broncos, who have lost Peyton Manning to retirement and, per NFL Network's Rand Getlin, Brock Osweiler to the Houston Texans. They also have to figure out a long-term extension with Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, who received the franchise tag earlier this offseason. 

For the Dolphins, Anderson would step in and take the place of Lamar Miller, who officially signed with the Texans on Thursday. 

Given how erratic the Dolphins offense has been with quarterback Ryan Tannehill being forced to throw at least 586 attempts each of the last three years, an electric running back like Anderson would be the perfect addition for Miami in 2016 if Denver allows him to walk.