Broncos releasing CJ Anderson after trade talks come up empty, reports say

Broncos releasing CJ Anderson after trade talks come up empty, reports say

The Denver Broncos are done with C.J. Anderson.The team is releasing the running back, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported on Monday, according to a source informed of the decision.Anderson played just two seasons of the four-year, $18 million contract he signed in 2016.

There have been better Broncos running backs than Anderson. He had a solid 2015 regular season and postseason that was topped by a 90-yard effort against Carolina in a Super Bowl 50 win.

Per Spotrac, the 27-year-old was owed a total of $9 million through 2019 but nothing in dead cap money - making the decision to release him a no-brainer for the Broncos as the team will free up $4.5 million with the move.

Anderson finished 11th in Pro Football Focus' elusive rating last season among qualified running backs, forcing 41 missed tackles on 273 touches and averaging 2.78 yards after contact.

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Anderson has spent his entire career in the Mile High City after he was drafted by the Broncos in 2013 out of Cal. Now that he's healthy, there's a good chance Booker will begin 2018 as the starter. Right now, however, these two players are the only running backs on Denver's roster.

The Broncos matched, paying him $6 million in 2016 and $3 million previous year, but declined to give him his $4.5 million salary for this season and in 2019.

Adding Barkley to this offense would certainly give the Broncos a new dynamic threat and someone who can do things really no back has been able to do in Denver since they had Clinton Portis back in the early 2000s.

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