Lol mike be scooping I tell ya https://t.co/IffyLbPxK3â Cj Anderson (@cjandersonb22) March 10, 2016
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.