The Denver Broncos have released running bank C.J. Anderson, the National Football League announced on Twitter Monday. The Broncos had reportedly tried to trade Anderson but chose to release him after multiple failed attempts.
He had two years at $4.5 million each year left on his contract but none of that money was guaranteed.
The Broncos are widely expected to look for a running back at this month's draft.
Anderson was an underdog story who did good.
He broke out midway through the 2014 season, turning a Peyton Manning dump-off pass into a spectacular, cross-field, 51-yard touchdown.
Anderson, 27, spent his first five years in the league with the Broncos after going undrafted in 2013. He was instrumental in their Super Bowl 50 win over the Carolina Panthers in 2015 as he had 23 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown. He was scheduled to make $4.5 million in the 2018 season.
Denver has high expectations for Devonte Booker, despite him managing just 299 yards in 13 appearances last season.
Anderson could not have been too surprised by his release. "Use it as motivation". But I'm going to focus on myself.