C.J. Anderson, one of the Broncos’ most successful undrafted free-agent finds in recent years, has been released, the Broncos announced Monday.
“Over the last five years, C.J. developed from an undrafted player into an important member of our team,” President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway said. “We appreciate all he did as a Bronco, especially during our Super Bowl season, and thank him for his many contributions on and off the field.”
Anderson, who in 2017 became the Broncos’ first 1,000-yard rusher since 2013, provided plenty of highlights during his time in Denver.
He broke onto the scene in 2014 with his lone Pro Bowl selection, which was aided by plays like a 51-yard touchdown reception against the Raiders. Anderson scored a career-high 10 touchdowns that season.
“It’s business, I understand it,” Anderson told The Associated Press on Monday after he was released by the Denver Broncos. “I’ve been here five years and it came to an end. So, I’m excited for the next opportunity.”
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Where that is, “I don’t know,” Anderson said. “I have no clue at all.”
Anderson hits free agency at an opportune time. He’s 27, has just 683 career carries and is coming off his best season, one in which he played in all 16 games for the first time and ran for a career-best 1,007 yards .
“I would never say it’s a good time to be free,” Anderson said. “All I ever tried to do was give my best effort to Denver in every way possible. I did that for five years. Now it’s time to go and do that for another team.”
Anderson wasn’t one of the 23 running backs drafted in 2013 but the Cal alum has put up better career numbers than all of those running backs except for one: Steelers star Le’Veon Bell.
Because there was no dead cap money in 2018 or ’19, Anderson knew his release was, if not imminent, a very strong possibility this offseason as the Broncos rebuild an anemic offense following a 5-11 season.
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