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Report: Not a lock that the Broncos won’t match C.J. Anderson offer

Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) breaks free for a touchdown as Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson (20) and cornerback Adam Jones (24) defend during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)


The conventional wisdom was that when the Dolphins signed Broncos running back C.J. Anderson to a restricted free agent offer sheet, he was all but theirs.

But with a day left for Broncos executive John Elway to make a decision, it might be closer than many thing.

According to Peter King of, it’s not a lock that the Broncos simply won’t match, and let Anderson walk away to Miami.

The four-year, $18 million offer sheet is well beyond the $2.553 million tender the Broncos could have used to keep Anderson as an RFA (as no one would have given up a second-round pick and the money for a back who has yet to carry the ball 200 times in a season).

But while the Dolphins made the deal front-loaded to make it harder to match, the Broncos have also seen quite the exodus of players lately.

With potential big-ticket items such as Brock Osweiler and Malik Jackson elsewhere, the Broncos have the flexibility to match, even if it’s at a number far beyond what they could have or should have spent.