Many believed the Broncos would allow Anderson to leave after giving him an original round tender, but that never materialized, as he will spend the next four years in orange and blue.
From the beginning of this process, it was clear that Anderson wanted to remain a Bronco. The organization took a chance on him and he has rewarded them with production. This show of faith from the Broncos just adds more drive to Anderson.
Anderson has battled injuries during parts of the past two seasons. The next step for him is to put together a full and healthy season.
Anderson, 25, will get a guaranteed $5.25 million signing bonus and his base salary of $675,000 is also guaranteed. In addition, $1.7 million of his $2.9 million base salary in 2017 is also guaranteed.
Anderson's base salaries of $4.5 million in 2018 and 2019 are not guaranteed. He will have to be on the Broncos' roster to earn it.
Anderson was asked on ESPN's NFL Live what his expectations are now that he is going back to Denver.
"At the end of the day I've always said that I've wanted to be one of the best to ever play," he said.
As for living up to his new deal, Anderson knows it starts with staying in shape.
"I have to come in in phenomenal shape when I come into training camp," he said. "I have to play every play like it's my last."
Anderson has rushed 338 times for 1,607 yards (4.8 avg.), with 13 touchdowns — to go along with 59 receptions for 507 yards (8.6 avg.) and two scores. In the playoffs, he owns 74 carries for 323 yards (4.4 avg.) with two touchdowns and 16 catches for 82 yards (5.1 avg.).
Anderson finished second on the Broncos roster with 720 rushing yards and five touchdowns during the 2015 regular season, while adding 25 catches for 183 yards (8.6 avg.). Nearly half (347 yds.) of his total rushing output was gained after contact, with his 2.3-yard average in those situations ranking fourth in the NFL according to STATS, LLC (min. 150 att.).
He led all NFL backs with 234 rushing yards during the 2015 postseason, including 90 yards and a touchdown in Denver’s Super Bowl 50 win against the Carolina Panthers to represent the third-highest rushing total by an undrafted running back in Super Bowl history.
Taking over as Denver’s primary ball carrier midway through the 2014 season, Anderson led the Broncos with 1,173 yards from scrimmage (849 rushing, 324 receiving) that year to become just the fifth undrafted running back in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl. He added 10 total touchdowns (8 rushing, 2 receiving) to mark the most by an undrafted running back in team history.
The Broncos decision to match Anderson’s offer sheet stops the bleeding on a string of in-house free agents that have moved on at the beginning of free agency.
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