Denver has released C.J. Anderson, a move that will save the team $9 million in salary cap space over the next two years. Anderson, multiple media outlets reported on Monday.
This officially signals a lack of interest in Anderson on the trade market, because the team planned to pursue that route before cutting him.
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.
When the Broncos extended Anderson with a low tender as a restricted free agent, the Miami Dolphins and head coach Adam Gase signed him to a four-year, $18 million offer sheet.
The 27-year-old had spent his entire five-year career with the Broncos, producing some big moments. "Use it as motivation". Try to help my team win games.More news: U.S. bans American companies from selling to Chinese phone maker ZTE
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In Anderson's five-year National Football League career, he has 693 carries for 3,051 yards with 20 touchdowns and 103 catches for 859 yards with four touchdowns.
He rushed 245 times for 1,007 yards and three touchdowns last season and also had 28 receptions for 224 yards and a score.
The Patriots already have Rex Burkhead, James White, Mike Gillislee, Jeremy Hill and Brandon Bolden on their running back depth chart, but they're looking at top prospects at the position in the 2018 NFL Draft.
If Miami is insistent on adding another quality running back to the roster, the 2018 National Football League draft is not short on talent at the position.