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Broncos match Dolphins offer sheet to C.J. Anderson

The Denver Broncos will retain running back C.J. Anderson after deciding to match the offer sheet he signed with the Miami Dolphins. Anderson was a restricted free agent, and the Broncos placed the minimum tender on him. That gave him a chance to fish for a new deal. Had the Broncos not matched, they would have lost Anderson with no compensation. He will get a 4-year, $18 million deal with Denver.

The 49ers face the Dolphins this fall, and this leaves Miami in a pickle at the running back position. They lost Lamar Miller in free agency, and have now lost out on Anderson. They have Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams, Robert Herron, and others competing at the running back position.

The Dolphins currently hold the No. 13 pick, having moved back from No. 8 in a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles for Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso. Ezekiel Elliott is currently the best option at running back, but his value has been climbing. Dan Kadar's latest mock draft has Elliott going to the Eagles at No. 8, fittingly enough. The Eagles have a need at the position, so it makes some sense. That would certainly be a kick in the junk to the Dolphins if they lose out on Anderson and then lose out on Elliott because of the Maxwell/Alonso trade.