After months of speculation, the Denver Broncos released running back C.J. Anderson. Anderson is coming off his first career 1,000-yard season in 2017. He has been with the Broncos since 2013 after making the team as an undrafted rookie.
Thank you!!!!!! #BroncosCountry It will always have a place in my heart.
Oh yea 32-254-22 💯🏈🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/hG4Frf3QLP
— Cj Anderson (@cjandersonb22) April 16, 2018
The 27-year old back was set to make $4.5 million in 2018 and would have been the fourth highest paid running back in the league. Denver will not take a hit to their salary cap after releasing him, and now has around $18 million left over to sign rookies and possibly a veteran or two.
This move is quite intriguing because it left the possibility that the Broncos have a chance to draft Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. The team may believe that the four picks ahead of them will be used on quarterbacks and defensive end Bradley Chubb.
It’s no secret that the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, and the New York Jets all need an upgrade at quarterback (or plan for the future in the Giants’ case). However, there is still the possibility that the Browns could take Barkley with the fourth pick.
The drafting of Barkley would make sense the most sense for this Broncos team since they were able to cut Anderson. He would join a young backfield that features Devontae Booker and De’Angelo Henderson.
As for Denver’s quarterback issue, the 2018 draft is considered to be really deep at the position. Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph could be available at the 40th pick for the Broncos. The Broncos seem adamant about adding another play-caller to the roster.
The 2018 NFL Draft is coming up quickly and takes place April 26th – 28th.