Broncos Cut CJ Anderson

The $4.5 million Anderson was due to make will be fully gained against the 2018 cap, as he has no dead money to speak of.

  • Nick

    I just don’t agree with this, especially before at least the draft. He was productive last year, and I didn’t think he was that overpaid relative to that.

    • The decision and timing of it not good.

    • Paco Alonzo

      Do you think they might try and bring him back at a lower cost?

      • Nick

        Never say never, but I think if Anderson was willing to take a pay cut it already would have happened.

        • Yahmule

          Unless he can’t get more elsewhere. With some guys, pride would preclude them returning, but I think CJ is more likely to be level headed than most.

      • Yahmule

        This is the bright side. Give him time to shop himself and hope this option remains on the table.

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    • Yahmule

      Klis Booker breakout article within three days.

  • RSH

    I have expected Anderson’s release this offseason since the 2017 preseason. I am still torn about this, however. When healthy Anderson has been a very solid contributor here. He has always been candid and been a good leader. I would have liked to see the Broncos wait until the end of the draft to make this move. At the same time, the Broncos did right by releasing him now rather than dragging him along. For Anderson’s sake, at least he does not have to wait until into June to be released like Willis McGahee in 2013. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Broncos-Release-Willis-McGahee/9cdcc254-4570-46ea-a517-06e609345bb3.

    I wish Anderson the best of luck and appreciate his contributions to the team and community, especially in winning Super Bowl 50. Hopefully, the presence of Doug Martin and Marshawn Lynch in Oakland preclude him from being a Raider in 2018.

  • RSH
    • This would greatly make up for cutting CJ and then some, in my book.

    • BlackKnigh

      Actually – IMO – this would make a guy like Nelson even more important. CJ often made up for a lack of blocking. Not every back can do that.

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  • Drewredux

    I’m not sure about telling my wife about this one. Too soon on the heals of Aquib Talib…

    It is strange that these two are gone, especially in context to Elway’s comments about the teams’ effort and character last year.

    The feet and eyes? They don’t match.

  • CJ always came to play, big heart. He’ll probably land in New England, urgh.

    • Tim

      Even if he does, his best run at Foxborough will always be the game winner in the snow. We will always have that!

      • Nick

        That game was at Mile High, though. : )

        • Tim

          Damnit, Monday is killing me today! That’s at least the third stupid mistake I’ve made today!

    • RSH

      I doubt it. The Patriots already signed Jeremy Hill this offseason.

      https://twitter.com/Patriots/status/975126632112541696

  • Tim

    The only sense I can make out of this is CJ was not willing to take a paycut, rightfully so, prompting Elway to release him and allow him to see the market before the draft. CJ now gets to pick where he goes, instead of a draft day trade. Elway seems to be helping out the veterans as much as he can this offseason.

    • bradley

      Nice thought. I’ll go with that.

    • Jeremy

      I don’t think anyone would have traded for him and his 4.5 million salary.

  • I hope he somehow comes back. But I doubt it, some team will show him the money. I will miss his heart and soul and his great efforts. When healthy. Which is guess is always the main worry with CJ.

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    • royalwithcheese

      No more SDSU RBs, please.

      • Nick

        Am I unaware that the sample size is bigger than Hillman?

        • royalwithcheese

          The level of competition has me concerned.

          • Nick

            Mountain West competition is not that bad. BSU’s played at a Power 5 level for a long time, and usually there’s one or two other teams that are tough. I’d rank the MWC absolutely no worse than #7.

          • G Mik

            Players come from different levels for various reasons – one big one is that some develop later or are just overlooked. That argument just seems short-sighted to me and is proven wrong every single year.

      • RSH

        Give me Saquon Barkley, Ronald Jones, II, Sony Michel, Nick Chubb, John Kelly, Mark Walton, Jr., Ito Smith, or Phillip Lindsay, please.

        • pubkeeper

          I’d throw Ballage in that mix too

          • RSH

            He runs too upright, has too high of a pad level, and dances too much at the line of scrimmage for my liking.

      • PiperAR

        SDSU has produced at least one great RB.

  • Carsonic

    I kind of hope he doesn’t end up in Miami with Studesville, because I think a change of coaching perspective might do him good. If he had stayed, I was looking forward to seeing the effect of that on his output.

    • G Mik

      I want him to land in the best possible spot and if Miami is it, than good for him. Hard to say if he would be better off without Studesville. They seem to work well together.

  • PiperAR

    This reminds me of 2006 when Mike Anderson, coming off a season a few inches over 1000 yards, was cut in the off-season and never seen again.

    • RSH

      And following the 2013 season, when Knowshon Moreno was not re-signed after amassing 1,038 rushing yards, 548 receiving yards, and 13 total touchdowns. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/M/MoreKn00.htm

      • Nick

        In Moreno’s defense, he had a devastating knee injury early in his post-Broncos career. Likely was never the same again after that.

        • RSH

          In hindsight, the Broncos decision not to re-sign Moreno was the right one. We’ll see if the case with Anderson.

          • G Mik

            Interesting aside… He made Denver his home (Miami/Denver) and I got to speak with him a bit this past weekend as we attended the same party. Super nice guy. Still looks like he can play.

          • RSH

            I have been a huge fan of Knowshon Moreno dating back to his time at Georgia. He was so much fun to watch in college. I was elated when the Broncos selected him, although it turned out that he was overdrafted. When he was benched in 2012 for a number of games, he showed a lot of character. I just wish Moreno could have stayed healthy his entire playing career. He is one resilient dude. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/columnist/bell/2014/01/28/broncos-knowshon-moreno/4988777/.

  • BlackKnigh

    Bummer to see him go. He always gave his all. I wish him well – and hope he might be back.
    He gave me some happy memories of his heart and will.

    • bradley

      Remember when he tried to stop Orlando Franklin from doing something stupid?
      OF threw him aside but CJ got right back in front of him.

      • BlackKnigh

        That was CJ at his best! Always had his head on right.

  • FloydLittle44

    I’m puzzled by this move. Now RB can be added to WR as big question marks. Booker has been mediocre so far and Henderson is unproven (if they like him so much why didn’t they play him?). We can’t miss at RB or WR in the draft. As it stands an injury at either WR or RB severely cripples this offense.

    • G Mik

      Studesville determined who played and who sat. He’s gone. I think that points to a couple of things 1) He didn’t play Booker as much as the FO wanted (good for him) and 2) He mismanaged the Charles and Henderson playing times. While this is pure conjecture on my part, it makes sense from what has been said ab out the situation in the RB room.

      Either way, this RB class is so deep that there will be no hole after the draft. As good as CJ was, and I’m a big fan, he wasn’t for a second going to make it to any payment trigger this year. The team has had plans on releasing him all along and will hopefully be fine without him. He was certainly not as appreciated as he should have been but we are far from crippled at the position and it’s only April.

  • Nick
  • Sparks

    The only surprise here is timing. Not the move itself, but the timing. Seems like Elway did CJ a solid by making the move now.

    • Nick

      If he really wanted to do CJ a solid, he would have cut him before the start of free agency when more money was available. This is why it’s important for agents to secure triggers in contracts that force the team to make a decision at that time.

      • Sparks

        True, but if he really wanted to fuck with him, he could have waited to the last day possible and cut him. While it was not optimal for CJ, its certainly better than how it could have transpired.

        • DragonPie

          Didn’t do him a solid. Didn’t do him a liquid. Did him a melting point.

        • MattR

          This kinda was the last day to cut him since it was the opening of the Broncos offseason workout program. If Anderson got hurt participating, Denver would not have been able to cut him.

          (EDIT: Same reason Dez got cut when he did)

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    • Sparks

      I wouldn’t mind seeing Lindsay in the 5th (kinda high for him) or to see him come as a UDFA.

  • Jeremy

    The move to not tender with a 2nd round tender lead to the broncos playing CJ 9 million over two years rather than 2.3 for one. Hard to know what he would have been worth if he did play out his tender but with the deep class and his injuries I imagine it could have been only a couple million.

    Overall, not a good move but not horrible either. And at the time, Elway felt he had to pinch every penny to save money for a quarterback he thought he was going to sign.

    Thanks for everything CJ!

  • ElwayIsGod7

    Kerryon Johnson.

    • Nick

      The anti-Updyke, I see.

    • gnasses

      Really like him as a player, and just a great football name. Keep calm and Kerryon.

  • bradley

    Broncos’ release RB C.J. Anderson, could Saquon Barkley be his replacement?

    Frank SchwabShutdown Corner

    https://sports.yahoo.com/broncos-release-rb-c-j-anderson-saquon-barkley-replacement-154444136.html?src=rss

    “Anderson probably won’t be a 16-game starter like he was last season, but he’s just 27 and coming off a nice season. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry and caught 24 passes in a bad Broncos offense that had one of the worst quarterback situations in the NFL. He’s smart, versatile and would add value to many teams. Anderson’s options might be limited because of that rookie running back class though.”

  • pubkeeper

    Whoda thunk? CJ gone before Watson.

    • Nick

      Guarantee triggers are important.

      • pubkeeper

        Yeah, injuries too. Still odd when you remove those considerations and look at it on its face.

        • Nick

          The other consideration is that CJ was entering Year 3 of his deal, while for Watson it’s Year 2.

  • RSH

    Per Troy Renck, the Broncos did not ask CJ Anderson to take pay cut before releasing him.

    https://twitter.com/TroyRenck/status/985928981911224320

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    • RSH

      Oops. Wrong thread. My apologies.

    • Yahmule

      My favorite player from the 2015 Draft. Went to a Buffs game and saw him rack up like 18 tackles and snag an interception.

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  • G Mik

    I think this is more a reflection of how much the Broncos still love Booker, in addition to clearly wanting to draft a player in this deep class. How early they take some one will be a reflection of just how much they are still clinging to this guy who has appeared to be nothing more than average so far. He has had to deal with injuries so maybe this will be his year if he gets a shot. I doubt it, but it wouldn’t be hard to imagine.

    • cjfarls

      Cap hit certainly had more than a lot to do with it too.

      CJA is worth $4m/year, so I’m guessing Elway didn’t want to insult him by asking him to take a paycut. Denver probably doesn’t have that amount to spend on him this year given need to roll-over and potentially extend Ray/Roby/Barrett/Paradis. Getting Chubb or a top-CB in the draft may negate some of that need, but we’re still gonna be cap tight and an extension/incentive plan doesn’t help either because its as much about NEXT years cap as this year’s.

      So really the only way CJA was going to make it out of camp was if 1) We somehow don’t draft an RB and 2) injury bug slaughters more than one of Booker, Rookie, D-Henderson…

      As such, I see why Elway ultimately decided that there were enough draftable RBs we liked that we’re almost guaranteed to get one, and that dragging CJA along wasn’t a nice thing to do for that injury hedge (which is bad for us anyway given cap hit).

      • Jeremy

        What makes you think CJ is worth 4 million? He was set to he the 12th highest paid running back in 2018. I’m guessing he gets 2-3 million on the open market.

        • cjfarls

          I’d argue that CJ played like the 10th-15th best RB last year. So being paid as the 12th isn’t unreasonable.

          That said, you may be right about his depressed market value… folks like the deep rookie class, and he’s late in the FA calendar. Being a league average starting RB without upside to be better than that just isn’t worth that much, because the marginal win-loss difference is pretty small between that and a replacement-level player (for other examples, see Punter/Kicker salaries).

          I would not be surprised to see him sign for 2m, and outperform many folks making $3+.

      • G Mik

        Not sure how much he’ll get on the open market but I agree his worth is above that which the Broncos thought of him. Statistically he was a top 10 RB last year…. and behind a not so good Oline with poor QB play.

        That said, they weren’t ever very invested in CJ. They were too slow to play him in the first place. He was the best RB on the team his rookie year yet they sent him to the practice squad. They tendered him at little to nothing. It allowed Miami to make an offer that put them in an awkward position and it was almost like they panicked a bit and matched after Os’ departure. And last year it was clear from things being said in the media that they wanted Booker to be the #1. It only didn’t happen because he got injured. Hard to make sense of that. It doesn’t but they just weren’t bought in on him for whatever reason from the get go. And it’s weird because he is supposedly such a good dude and teammate.

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    • BlackKnigh

      Thank you, CJ, for your play as a Bronco. I loved your play – as did my wife – who is not really a football fan. She always wanted to know about how you did. A testament to your play and who you are! Best of everything in the future. Thank you for being a Bronco!

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    • Nick

      I don’t think acquiring a Hall of Fame CB counts as a curse.

      • RSH

        I think that Klis is talking about the running backs themselves being accursed to returning to Denver, not the franchise being accursed as a result of trading, not re-signing, or releasing certain running backs.

        • Nick

          Even for Portis it wasn’t much of a curse. He got paid much earlier than most players do, and he still put up good numbers in DC for a while.

  • RSH

    The Jets could be a suitor for Anderson.

    https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/986006059838988293