C.J. Anderson finds new home with Detroit Lions on one-year deal

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After spending the end of last season with the Los Angeles Rams, C.J. Anderson has found a new team for 2019 in the Detroit Lions.

When it comes to some of the toughest decisions this offseason for the Los Angeles Rams, there’s no question that allowing C.J. Anderson to hit free agency ranks near the top of the list after what the veteran did for the team towards the end of last season and the playoffs.

Due to Todd Gurley dealing with a knee injury in December, the Rams originally signed Anderson for insurance purposes at running back, but it’s safe to say they didn’t even expect him to make the kind of impact he did.

From rushing for 299 yards with two touchdowns over the final two games of the regular season for stepping up in the playoffs when needed the most, Los Angeles knows that without Gurley, chances are they never would have reached Super Bowl 53.

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With all this in mind, the Rams re-signing Anderson this offseason would seem like a no brainer, especially with all of the uncertainty surrounding Gurley and his knee heading into 2019.

Unfortunately for Anderson, Los Angeles made it clear after matching Malcolm Brown‘s offer from the Detroit Lions they were officially moving on from the running back since from a salary cap perspective, it was most likely too much to bring him back for another year.

At least for Anderson, the Lions decided it would be worth giving the running back a shot after agreeing to a one-year deal for the 2019 season.

Right away, the one factor that stands out the most in regards to Detroit is how Anderson will have the opportunity to team up with one of the best surprises at running back from last season in Kerryon Johnson, that is assuming all continues to go well with his rehab process.

Despite some of the concerns prior to signing with the Rams last December, Anderson deserves all of the credit in the world for proving he still has what it takes to be an effective running back in the NFL.

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While some Rams fans were disappointed over the decision by the team to move on so quickly from Anderson, at least he provided plenty of great memories during the team’s Super Bowl run, even if the team did come up short against the New England Patriots.