There has been a lot of suspense regarding the deal between the Miami Dolphins and running back CJ Anderson. The Dolphins made an offer sheet of $18 million for a four year contract. Their former starting RB, Lamar Miller has signed a $26 million deal that includes $14 million guaranteed with the Houston Texans. The two running backs have a fairly large gap in salaries, but have very similar stats.
|Lamar Miller||Running Back||194||872||4.5||8|
|CJ Anderson||Running Back||152||720||4.7||5|
Anderson may be Miami’s next featured running back, and he offers a lot of versatility. He played for the Denver Broncos for the past two years. He is a SuperBowl champion, making the Bronco’s only offensive TD in SuperBowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers. Anderson was a 2x AFC champion in 2013 and 2015. The new head coach of the Miami Dolphins, Adam Gase, was the Bronco’s former offensive coordinator. He worked with Anderson in 2014 and now may be coaching him yet again. Gase being willing to form a strong relationship with the players, with QB Tannehill, and working closely with Anderson will benefit the team greatly. The offer is not closed yet, the Broncos still have a few days left to match the offer. It’s looking like the Dolphins may snag Anderson for $4.5 mil per year, an $8 million difference with the contract Miller signed with the Texans.
Miller was signed with the Texans on March 9th but he certainly had his fair share of success in Miami. He has been the running back for the Dolphins for 3 years, since coming out of the University of Miami. He accomplished the longest run in Miami Dolphins history against the New York Jets in Week 17 of the 2014 season (97 yards). He has been with the Dolphins his entire professional football career, so it will be a major shift for him to go to Houston but Miller is excited. He feels like he can help with their offense and was searching for a heavier workload.
Miami may be losing receiving yards on Anderson’s end, as Miller finished the 2015 season with 397 receiving yards to Anderson’s 183. However, it is important to note that Miller also had 21 more passing attempted made to him than Anderson, (57 targets for Miller) and (36 for Anderson). If Anderson had received the same number of pass attempts, there is no reason to believe he couldnt have matched if not surpassed Miller’s total. This leaves potential for Anderson to unleash his full skillset in Miami. Ideally, obtaining Anderson as Miller’s replacement will help Miami not only maintain their rushing attack, but actually improve it.