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  • Analysis: Why the Broncos matched Miami's offer for C.J. Anderson

    http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-an...a-d39047f09ff9


    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- John Elway said 14 months ago that he wanted a team that, if it went down, did so "kicking and screaming."

    No player on the roster epitomizes that more than running back C.J. Anderson.

    When the Broncos capitulated in the January 2015 divisional-round playoff loss to Indianapolis, Anderson was one of the players who fought hardest to keep the Broncos' dying season alive. His fourth-and-1 conversion on the final play of the third quarter that day, a run in which he doubled back and made five defenders miss on a 7-yard carry, would have been a season-saving play if the offense had not stalled immediately thereafter.


    Anderson left every ounce of his being on the field that day, but it was for naught. Months later, he would say that despite his valiant efforts, he didn't do enough because he didn't score a touchdown.

    A year later, his persistence and drive were rewarded, and he burrowed and pounded through a thicket of Panthers -- including All-Pro Luke Kuechly -- for the touchdown that sealed the Broncos' first world championship of the 21st century.

    Both of those runs were in the playoffs, which, along with the late part of the regular season is when Anderson has been at his best. In the last two seasons, no running back has more yardage from scrimmage after Week 8 -- including the postseason -- than Anderson. The only two players with more late-season and postseason yardage in the last two years are wide receivers: Odell Beckham of the New York Giants and Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown.

    Anderson is at his best in the highest-leverage situations. That's a big part of why the Broncos matched his offer.

    C.J. Anderson

    The contract will have a significant first-year charge of $6 million; it was structured in a front-loaded manner by the Dolphins. But that has its advantages. It keeps with the "pay-as-you-go" approach to long-term deals that the Broncos have tried to implement in most of their contracts in recent years. Further, because of annual cash commitments in future years that are lower than the 2016 outlay, the Broncos can evaluate the impact of additional wear and tear on Anderson before deciding whether to continue with the terms of the contract.

    If the Broncos had offered him a higher restricted tender, they would have gotten him at a lower price for 2016 -- but would have been in a similar situation next year, facing his potential departure for a bigger contract, but with no chance to match a deal because he would be an unrestricted free agent.

    Anderson is a career 4.7-yards-per-carry back who is also a capable receiver, a breakaway threat catching passes out of the backfield, a proficient blocker and has a career fumble rate of one every 162.3 touches, including the postseason.

    There are no holes in his game. This offense requires a complete back, and as the Broncos have learned in recent years, they are not easy to find, with second-day picks Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman enduring their ups and downs.

    Anderson is that complete back.


    But he also has a chip on his shoulder from being undrafted in 2013 while seeing 23 other backs have their names called. Now he has his reward, but he'll have another motivating factor: wanting to be worthy of one of the biggest contracts for a running back in the game today.


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    Can't wait to see what CJ brings to the table this year. I love having guys on this team that are hard fighters and want to be Broncos.
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    So CJ gets his big payday and we prevent him from being an unrestricted free agent next season (when he could possibly cost more)... I'm glad it all worked out in the end.
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      Playoff effort, hard to argue with that!
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      • #4
        Now we have Sanchez as our starter in waiting as the Cap space gets smaller to sign, or trade for, anyone better than him. We better hope we get a decent QB to groom n the draft or that Siemian is the 2nd coming of Brady.

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        • #5
          Alright. Thanks John. I guess we all gotta just sit back and let the game pieces fall on the table before going ape

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ThreeGees View Post
            Now we have Sanchez as our starter in waiting as the Cap space gets smaller to sign, or trade for, anyone better than him. We better hope we get a decent QB to groom n the draft or that Siemian is the 2nd coming of Brady.
            How do you know that any FA out there is better than him in our offense at this point?
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            • #7
              The money they spent on CJ is the money we saved by restructuring Ware, Clady needs to restructure or he is as good as gone which will be where we find the necessary cap space required.

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              • #8
                Elway is a genius!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dipablo View Post


                  Playoff effort, hard to argue with that!
                  This the one that put him on the map for us when nothing else was going right...

                  If someone can find the play from the beginning please post!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DarkHorse26 View Post
                    How do you know that any FA out there is better than him in our offense at this point?
                    I dont think there is. I like Sanchez for at least a year and have a feeling next year at this time we will be seeing all these posts about how we have to resign him no matter the cost. He is slightly better than Osweiler but all anyone sees is one fluke play and the name butt fumble.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mel B. View Post
                      This the one that put him on the map for us when nothing else was going right...

                      If someone can find the play from the beginning please post!

                      He's got seeing-eye ankles that change of direction though
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                      • #12
                        Yes, let the pieces fall into place. We got CJ, and though people lament the short term aspect of it, it has its advantages as well.

                        Not to worry gang, almost every team has made attempts to sign FAs and so on, and have not ended up with the exact outcome they had hoped. Teams continually show interest in players, but they have to make compromises. In some cases, that means doing very little.

                        We have lost a few pieces, not surprisingly. Evidence supports the fact that we have lost a lot of players over the last few years, and we keep rebounding nicely.

                        So, whether or not you buy into Elway's prowess as a GM, that's your call. But he is not perfect, nor are any other of the league GMs / HCs. People hang on to images of the genius of some, say a Belichick, but check the records, as an HC / recruiter, he has made plenty of mistakes.

                        Hey, until we get onto the field, or in fact, finish the new season.....I am not sure Elway has made any notable errors. Brock gone....overpaid. CJ's contract....backend friendly. Malik left....time to move on. Hey, we can play this thing two ways at least, but one thing holds true, benefit goes to the best organization!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ThreeGees View Post
                          Now we have Sanchez as our starter in waiting as the Cap space gets smaller to sign, or trade for, anyone better than him. We better hope we get a decent QB to groom n the draft or that Siemian is the 2nd coming of Brady.
                          Weird comment... there aren't any free agent QB's to even sign. The only trade would be for Kap, and that's only if he restructures. When Brock left we were left with little options at QB, CJ's offer had to be matched for there to be any offense next year.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 58 broncomaniac View Post
                            I dont think there is. I like Sanchez for at least a year and have a feeling next year at this time we will be seeing all these posts about how we have to resign him no matter the cost. He is slightly better than Osweiler but all anyone sees is one fluke play and the name butt fumble.
                            oh?

                            I remember that too.

                            ...and several others, but this is :offtopic:.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by sheenabobeena View Post
                              So CJ gets his big payday and we prevent him from being an unrestricted free agent next season (when he could possibly cost more)... I'm glad it all worked out in the end.

                              Pretty much. They let other teams set his value so he can't complain about the contract. I'm looking at an article discussing the contract. Is this correct?

                              Anderson, 25, will get a guaranteed $5.25 million signing bonus, and his base salary of $675,000 is also guaranteed. In addition, $1.7 million of his $2.9 million base salary in 2017 is also guaranteed. Anderson's base salaries of $4.5 million in 2018 and 2019 are not guaranteed. He will have to be on the Broncos' roster to earn it.

                              http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/14...ck-cj-anderson

                              That's a pretty good contract for us. His salary this year is $0.675 MIL. This year his signing bonus will hit the cap for $1.3125 MIL. So we are getting him at less than a $2 MIL cap hit this year. Then next year his cap hit is $4.2125 MIL, with part of it guaranteed money.. After that he has a couple years at a $5.825 cap hit, with no guaranteed money. So we get him with a decent contract, and he was allowed to go seek out his market value, unhindered by draft pick consideration, so he knows that the process was done in good faith. Not bad. The sky is not falling. Transparency remains.
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