Marty Hurney 2.0 is still making moves to upgrade the Carolina Panthers roster. Monday, he added a potential key piece to the backfield.
The Panthers signed free-agent running back C.J. Anderson to a one year contract, the team announced Monday on Twitter. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Panthers cut longtime starter Jonathan Stewart earlier in the off-season. Stewart joined the Giants on a two-year deal during free agency.
Anderson’s signing increases competition in the Panthers’ running back group which now includes second-year pro Christian McCaffrey, Fozzy Whittaker and and former leading SEC rusher Cameron Artis-Payne.
Anderson entered the league in 2013 as an undrafted free agent with the Broncos, where he spent five seasons before being released on April 16.
Anderson had appeared in 58 games with 36 starts in Denver, including 16 starts in 2017. Anderson rushed for 90 yards and a Touchdown in a Super Bowl 50 victory vs the Panthers. Last season, Anderson produced his first career 1,000-yard campaign (1,007).
For his career, Anderson has rushed for 3,051 yards and 20 touchdowns on 693 carries, averaging 4.4 yards per attempt. He also has 859 yards receiving and four touchdowns on 103 catches.
The Panthers hope to pair Anderson with the explosive McCaffrey in new Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner’s offense. The Panthers, with Cam Newton still behind center, typically have been one of the better rushing teams in the league over the past couple of seasons.
Last year, the Panthers finished regular season ranked fourth in rushing, averaging a healthy 131.4 yards per game. Newton led Carolina with a career-high 754 yards on the ground. The Panthers want to protect Newton and have provided him with multiple weapons this offseason, signing WR Torrey Smith from the Ravens, drafting WR DJ Moore from Maryland and now signing CJ Anderson.