The Panthers have signed free agent running back C.J. Anderson to a one-year contract. Anderson, who spent five seasons with the Broncos before being released in mid April, could serve as a strong complement to 2017 first-round pick Christian McCaffrey.
“We had been working with C.J.’s agent since he was released,” general manager Marty Hurney said. “It’s a good fit for both sides. He runs with great vision, has very good pad level, gets yards after contact consistently. He adds a lot to the offense.”
Last season, Anderson played all 16 games and tallied his first career 1,000-yard rushing season, finishing with 1,007 rushing yards, which ranked ninth in the NFL.
He played in 58 games in his five seasons with the Broncos, amassing 3,051 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns. In his 693 rushing attempts, he only lost three fumbles, tying for the third-fewest lost in the NFL over the last five seasons (min. 600 carries).
Anderson has also tallied 103 receptions for 859 receiving yards with four receiving touchdowns. In five postseason games, he totaled 323 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, including a 90-yard, one-touchdown performance against the Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
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He called Carolina a “championship caliber team, a championship caliber organization.”?
“The style that Carolina likes to play definitely fits my style and my game,” Anderson said on a conference call. “As far as ground and pound, the ‘Keep Pounding’ slogan Carolina uses fits well. My game is breaking tackles and finding ways to use that and make long plays.”
Anderson didn’t get into how many other teams were interested in him after he was released, saying only that “I just felt this was the best team for me. I get to play the type of style I want to play.”
Anderson already has had a conversation with quarterback Cam Newton, who had a rough day in Super Bowl 50.