Should the Colts Sign Free Agent Running Back C.J. Anderson?


The Denver Broncos announced on Monday morning that they have released starting running back C.J. Anderson. Should the Colts attempt to sign him?

Anderson, who is 27 years old, rushed for 1007 yards last season and had four total touchdowns. In his five year career, Anderson has 3051 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns. He also has 859 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Frank Gore has been the only Colt to reach 1000 rushing yards in the past ten seasons, doing so in 2016. However, he is no longer with the team.

The Colts currently have six running backs on their roster, but none of them are proven NFL starters yet. Marlon Mack showed some flashes in his rookie season, but was inconsistent and did not have a full workload. Christine Michael, Robert Turbin, and Matt Jones are veterans, but they’ve never shined when given opportunities in the past. Josh Ferguson and George Winn will be competing for roster spots in training camp.

If signed, Anderson would likely be the number one running back in this group. Anderson and Mack could potentially form a solid duo in the backfield, especially if Mack can improve in pass protection.

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With the NFL Draft coming up next week, the Colts could decide to target a running back in the early rounds, or wait until the middle rounds like they did last year in selecting Marlon Mack. If that is what general manager Chris Ballard wants to do, then it is unlikely that the Colts would sign Anderson.

If Ballard decides not to draft a running back in the first few rounds, signing Anderson would be a good idea for the Colts. He is definitely the best running back available in free agency and likely would not command a very large contract.

Signing Anderson would be another low risk move by the Colts in an offseason that has been full of them.

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