It's busines as usual for Mike Anderson

Amid the swirling trade rumors, Denver Broncos running back Mike Anderson conducts business as usual.

As trade rumors circulated, Denver Broncos running back Mike Anderson had two choices.

Sit and worry about whether his playing days in Denver were numbered, or forget about it and go about work as usual.

Anderson chose the latter.

"You deal with it when it comes around, when it presents itself," Anderson told reporters following Wednesday's practice. "Right now, there is nothing to worry about or think about. My job is to come out and compete every day and practice hard to ensure myself a spot on the team."

After a 1,478-yard NFL Rookie of the Year performance during the 2000 season , a solid 2004 training camp and an impressive 120-yard rushing total against Seattle, you would think his roster spot was fairly secure, but with Denver's overabundance of quality backs, just the opposite may be true. As it stands, Anderson may be a prime candidate dealt by the time Denver opens up it's season against the Kansas City Chiefs.

After a vigorous off-season conditioning program that left the fifth-year veteran several pounds lighter and measurably stronger, Anderson's trade value has shot through the roof, garnering attention from several NFL teams looking to bolster their offense. What those teams are willing to exchange for Anderson may be just enough to push Mike Shanahan into a deal he can't refuse. 

Offensively the Broncos have struggled on many levels, from wide receiver to the front line, and should a quality veteran become available, Denver would be hard pressed not to consider the offer. 

The trump card in all of this may be the progress of rookie Tatum Bell who, after a three-day holdout and a broken index finger which required two screws to repair, is scheduled to make his NFL debut this Friday night against the Houston Texans. Should Bell live up to his hype as the Broncos future running back, Anderson more than likely will be gone. If Bell struggles however, Denver's choices become limited.

Projected starter Quentin Griffen has proven himself more than capable of handling the position, but many insiders question his durability as an every-down running back, based on his 5'7", 195 lbs, frame. 

Twelve-year veteran Garrison Hearst, whom the Broncos acquired from San Francisco during the off season,  is well proven within the league, but at thirty-three years old cannot be counted on to shoulder the majority of carries should Denver's eventual starter be sidelined with injury.

Ahmaad Galloway and Santonio Beard have both shown talent at the position, but have faced an uphill battle during training camp and have not received enough reps to be considered for anything more than a spot on this year's expanded practice squad at best.

Leaving us with the fate of Mike Anderson, who appears on the outside to be the most unconcerned of all of us.

"I let my play at Seattle do my talking," Anderson said. "That's why you play the game. 

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