Panthers release running back C.J. Anderson
C.J. Anderson days as a member of the Carolina Panthers are now over. According to Panthers general manager Marty Hurney, Carolina decided to move on from Anderson thanks in large part to the dominant role of second-year pro Christian McCaffrey in the team’s backfield, which has made Anderson an expendable asset, via the Panthers’ official website.
“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. “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 is still only 27 and had just run for over 1,000 yards a year ago with the Denver Broncos, so he should garner some interest from other teams once he clears waivers.
After five seasons with the Broncos, C.J. Anderson was waived by Denver last April.
Carolina welcomed Anderson to its roster by signing him to a one-year deal worth $1.75 million back in May with the expectation that he’ll be McCaffrey’s primary backup. However, Anderson was not able to appear in more than 12 offensive snaps in each of the Panthers’ first 10 games of the season.
In nine appearances in Panthers threads, Anderson managed to come up with only 104 rushing yards with zero touchdowns on nine carries.