Broncos match Miami's offer, keep C.J. Anderson

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, file photograph, Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris, left, holds the Lombardi Trophy as running back C.J. Anderson looks on at a rally following a parade through downtown Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 in Denver. The Broncos will keep Anderson on the roster after matching Miami's four-year, $18-million offer to the running back who scored the Broncos' only offensive touchdown in Denver's victory over Carolina in Super Bowl 50. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos have matched the Miami Dolphins' front-loaded, four-year, $18 million offer to running back C.J. Anderson.

General manager John Elway tweeted, ''Just got off the phone w/ CJ & let him know we're excited to match the offer sheet. We have high expectations for CJ and we're glad he's back!''

The move was somewhat surprising given that the Broncos had placed the lower tender on Anderson, a restricted free agent.

That $1.671 million tender included the right of first refusal but no compensation had the Broncos declined to match another team's offer sheet. The higher tender of $2.553 million for 2016 would have included a second-round draft pick as compensation.

Anderson ran for 720 yards and five touchdowns last season. He had 90 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in the Super Bowl.

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