Apparently the Broncos love C.J. Anderson, and I love his reaction to finding out just how much.
The Broncos running back said he was “surprised” that the team actually matched the offer sheet that he signed with the Miami Dolphins last week. Like – what? You guys know I’m a running back right? And there are probably 12-practice squadders out there who could get your 1,200 yards for the league minimum right? CJ probably already put his condo on Craigslist. And he should keep it there, because dude’s going to be upgrading to a 5-bedroom now that he’s getting over 5 million up front and 9 million over the next two seasons.
It is odd to see a ball carrier in 2016 not named Adrian or Le’Veon get that kind of paper. But you know why it’s not surprising? Because John Elway is the one bankrolling him. That whole line of thinking that says — Always pay quarterbacks, never pay running backs… He just did the opposite.
And that’s the other reason this isn’t a shock- look at John’s quarterbacks right now. Two words: Sanchez and Siemian. Two weeks ago that same depth chart said Manning and Osweiler. That’s why Anderson is getting the mad dollars.
Anderson is a good runner. He’s the guy in the Super Bowl who was ripping runs off while Pinkie’s arm was falling off. But the vault swung open at the Bank of Elway because #7 isn’t going to start the season as defending champs with an entirely new backfield and a quarterback he can’t trust. Because he can’t just punt every series and hope to win on Von Miller strip sacks.
C.J. Anderson should send a case of Budweiser to the Mallard and a dozen pizzas to Osweiler. Those dudes leaving town just got him paid.
I still don’t know who’s going to hand him the ball, but I know the Broncos are going to run the hell out of it, and that’s why John just handed him the check. While you’re still filling out your brackets, CJ’s jumping into the next tax bracket, and there’s big time fantasy alert in Denver.
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