Panthers Waive RB C.J. Anderson

The Panthers waived running back C.J. Anderson, according to a team announcement. Anderson was signed in May, but he was used far less than anticipated this season.

When we signed C.J. in the spring he saw a bigger role than he has had, and honestly, at the time so did we,” general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement. “But Christian McCaffrey has taken so much of the offense and so much of the plays, we just made the decision that this was the best thing for all parties involved.”

Anderson, 27, was a surprise cut by the Broncos after he ran for more than 1,000 yards in 2017. The 27-year-old wanted to reassert himself in Carolina, but he wound up with just 24 carries in nine games. On the plus side, he was efficient in that limited sample as he averaged 4.3 yards per tote.

Anderson is a vested veteran, but he’ll be subject to waivers now that the trade deadline has passed. With a reasonable $1.75MM cap figure on an expiring deal, it stands to reason that several teams will consider placing a claim on him. If not, he won’t last long as a free agent.

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  1. acarneglia

    I’m kinda surprised by this but when you take a deeper dive in to the numbers it makes sense. McCaffrey is option 1, Cam can run it, as can Samuel and Moore, also have guys like Armah.

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    • Z-A

      Why at this point tho? Their season is all but over. No reason to kick tires this year.

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    • connfyoozed

      Not a bad idea but CJ has to know he wouldn’t get a lot of work as long as Conner is healthy, so I don’t know if he would go for it. If Conner’s concussion proves to be an issue Anderson should be at the top of Pittsburgh’s list.

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