C.J. Anderson ran for 1000 yards for the first time in his career in 2017. Usually after a career year you would think you’re locked in a starter role for the coming season. That doesn’t seem to be the case in 2018. Devontae Booker, a fourth round pick from the University of Utah in the 2016 NFL Draft, will likely supplant Anderson for the right to be the starting Running Back.
CJ has had a tumultuous career in Denver to say the least. He was undrafted in 2013 and signed to the Broncos. He was injured during the pre-season and didn’t play much his rookie year. 2014 was his breakout year, one screen pass from Peyton Manning against the Raiders seemed to kick start his career. He took it 51 yards for a score.
Anderson has had problems with injuries about every year up to this point. 2017 was undoubtedly his most struggle free season. So it is not all too surprising that Denver wants to see what they have in Booker. Devontae has shown flashes since his rookie year in 2016 but has had a few injury setbacks of his own.
If the reports are true, Anderson could be on his way to Miami to be reunited with Adam Gase. Back in 2016, CJ signed an offer sheet with the Dolphins as a restricted free agent, which Denver matched to keep him in orange and blue for the next four years. However about a month later, the Broncos drafted Booker and the uncertainty for Anderson ensued.
Devontae Booker will count a lot less against the cap in 2018 and that could be why this decision will inevitably be made. This leads to speculation that CJ could be a dolphin next year. Multiple other reports also have the Raiders as a favorite to land his services. Having Anderson bouncing off would-be tacklers on the Broncos, wearing silver and black, would be an unwelcome sight to Denver fans no doubt.
Tell me what you think about the upcoming free agency frenzy. A lot of changes are coming.