The Denver Broncos have matched the Miami Dolphins' offer sheet to C.J. Anderson. The Broncos now retain Anderson on the 4-year, $18-million contract Miami had offered him. The Broncos had until midnight tonight to make their decision on keeping Anderson or allowing him to go to the Dolphins.
The Dolphins would not have had to send any draft pick compensation to the Broncos if Denver chose not to match.
Anderson sent out the following tweet after receiving word that the Broncos would match the offer sheet:
I will be apart of the Broncos for 4 more years blessed to be apart of this wonderful Organization and super blessed for this opp 32-254-22— Cj Anderson (@cjandersonb22) March 15, 2016
Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager John Elway added:
Just got off the phone w/CJ & let him know we're excited to match the offer sheet. We have high expectations for CJ and are glad he's back!— John Elway (@johnelway) March 15, 2016
Anderson signed as an undrafted free agent out of California in 2013, has appeared in 35 games, with 12 starts, rushing for 1,607 yards on 338 carries, giving him a 4.8 yards per carry average, with 13 career touchdowns. He has also caught 59 passes for 507 yards with two scores. Anderson was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2014. He ran 23 times for 90 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' 24-10 win in Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers.
The Dolphins will now resume their search for a running back to split carries with second-year runner Jay Ajayi.