The Denver Broncos may lose yet another big member of their championship squad from this past season.
After placing the lowest possible restricted free agent tender on C.J. Anderson earlier this week, Denver faces the real possibility of losing the running back without receiving any compensation in return.
That’s now been taken to an entirely new level after the Miami Dolphins reportedly signed the restricted free agent to four-year, $18 million offer sheet on Thursday:
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) March 10, 2016
Anderson, 25, jumped on to the scene as a sophomore in 2014, recording 1,173 total yards and 10 touchdowns on just 213 touches.
After struggling through the early stages of the 2015 campaign, Anderson picked it up for the defending champion Broncos down the stretch.
This included a three-game span in the playoffs that saw him put up 273 yards and two touchdowns, including a 100-yard performance against the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl.
Denver has five days to match the Dolphins offer. If it doesn’t, the team will then be in position to have to add another running back either via free agency or the draft. Remember, fellow running back Ronnie Hillman is also a free agent.
This comes on the heels of the Broncos losing quarterbacks Peyton Manning (retirement) and Brock Osweiler (free agency) over the past few days.
On the other side of the ball, the defending champs have also lost defensive end Malik Jackson and linebacker Danny Trevathan in free agency.
For the Dolphins, this signing makes a ton of sense. They lost Lamar Miller to the Houston Texans in free agency on Wednesday, leaving them with an obvious need at this position.