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Four teams reportedly in bidding war for C.J. Anderson

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After watching Brock Osweiler, Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan leave for greener pastures, the Super Bowl champions are in danger of losing their starting running back.

Multiple teams are in a bidding war for restricted free agent C.J. Anderson, Mike Klis of KUSA in Denver reported Wednesday. Anderson also decided to weigh in on the report.

Those teams include the Dolphins, Bears, Patriots and 49ers. Two of those clubs are now led by former Broncos coaches in John Fox and Adam Gase.

The four-way bidding war involving former coaches suggests Denver underestimated Anderson's value by assigning the low tender of $1.671 million.

Although the Broncos have the right to match an offer, prospective suitors will not have to worry about surrendering a draft pick if they succeed in front-loading a deal that will prove too rich for John Elway's club.

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Had the Broncos assigned a $2.553 million tender, the second-round price tag would have discouraged outside offers.

As it stands now, Elway will have five days to match any competing offer or agree to trade compensation.

For as much criticism as the Broncos have received for failing to secure the services of Osweiler, their handling of Anderson might prove to be more of a headscratcher in the long run.

Anderson was outplayed by Ronnie Hillman while battling injuries early last season. Once he fully recovered, though, he hit his stride behind a gelling offensive line. In fact, it's fair to argue that there was no more effective AFC running back from the start of November into the postseason.

It's telling that the 25-year-old tailback has received such heavy interest early in free agency.

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