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Miami signs C.J. Anderson to offer

MIAMI — Now that C.J. Anderson's a Super Bowl-winning running back, the Dolphins want to give him the ball.

The restricted free agent signed an $18 million, four-year offer sheet Thursday with Miami.

Anderson rushed for 720 yards last season for the NFL champion Broncos, who have five days to match the offer. They're considered unlikely to do so.

New Dolphins coach Adam Gase needs a replacement for running back Lamar Miller, who signed a free agent deal with the Texans. Gase was offensive coordinator for the Broncos and Anderson in 2013-14.

Anderson, undrafted out of Cal in 2013, rushed for 90 yards and one touchdown in the Broncos' 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl. He chose Miami to make his first free agent visit.

"Oh man what a time … To be alive," Anderson tweeted after signing the offer sheet.

The Dolphins also signed linebacker James-Michael Johnson and center-guard Jacques McClendon. Earlier this week they added defensive end Mario Williams, cornerback Byron Maxwell, linebacker Kiko Alonso, safety Isa Abdul-Quddus and tackle Sam Young.

In addition to Miller, they lost defensive end Olivier Vernon, cornerback Brent Grimes and receiver Rishard Matthews.

Maxwell said he passed two physicals before the trade that sent him and Alonso to Miami from the Eagles was finalized. Maxwell missed the final two games last season with a shoulder sprain, and he acknowledged his health was a concern before the Dolphins approved the deal.

BRADY DEAL: Quarterback Tom Brady's two-year contract extension with the Patriots gives him a $28 million signing bonus and adds $41 million to his deal should he play it out. Although Brady will earn only $1 million in base salary next season and in 2017, the bonuses will increase his cap hit to $14 million in each of those seasons. His base salary for 2018 and 2019 would be $14 million, with cap hits of $22 million each, although Brady, 38, is likely to redo those deals, too, if he's still playing.

BENGALS: Starting safety George Iloka signed a five-year, $30 million deal, the first significant move to try to keep the core of the playoff team intact. The club also signed deals with linebacker Vincent Rey and tackle Eric Winston, who were among their 13 unrestricted free agents. Cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones agreed to a three-year deal that could be signed today.

COWBOYS: The team added its first free agent of the year, signing former Eagles defensive lineman Cedric Thornton on a four-year contract worth up to $18 million. The addition comes a day after the team re-signed middle linebacker Rolando McClain. The defense is looking for more impact plays after struggling to help the team during a 4-12 season.

FALCONS: Defensive end Adrian Clayborn was res-signed to a two-year contract, and the team added former Dolphins end Derrick Shelby with a four-year deal. A day after making former Browns center Alex Mack the NFL's highest-paid player at his position, Atlanta turned its attention to shoring up a pass rush that has ranked no higher than 28th in sacks since 2012. Clayborn, a five-year veteran who was a first-round pick by the Bucs in 2011 and played four seasons in Tampa, led Atlanta with 15 quarterback hits and was second with three sacks in 16 games.

JAGUARS: The club signed all four of its free agents, including new defensive starters Malik Jackson and Tashaun Gipson. Former Jets running back Chris Ivory and former Panthers punter Brad Nortman also signed contracts. The team gave the foursome deals totaling $165 million, including $65.65 million guaranteed.

LIONS: The $40 million, five-year contract with free agent receiver Marvin Jones was finalized. After losing Calvin Johnson to retirement, the team was in the market for a receiver. Jones, who turns 26 Saturday, was with the Bengals for four years, although he missed the 2014 season after foot and ankle injuries. He played in all 16 games last season.

RAIDERS: The team added another top free agent to its offseason haul, agreeing to a four-year, $40 million deal with former Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith. The team previously reached deals with offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele for up to $60 million for five years and pass rusher Bruce Irvin for up to a reported $39 million for four seasons.

STEELERS: Free agent tight end Ladarius Green was signed to a four-year deal, tasking him with taking over for Heath Miller, who retired last month. Green, 25, is coming off a career year with the Chargers in which he set personal bests in receptions (37), yards receiving (429) and touchdowns (4) while playing splitting time with Antonio Gates. The deal is worth a $20 million.

OBITUARY: Bill Wade, a former No. 1 overall pick who played 13 seasons in the NFL and helped the Bears win the 1963 championship, died of natural causes in Nashville, his daughter Sharon Wade Kinser said. He was 85. The Los Angeles Rams selected the former Vanderbilt quarterback with the top overall pick in the 1952 draft. After serving two years in the Navy, Mr. Wade passed for 124 touchdowns and 18,530 yards while playing for the Rams from 1954-60 and for the Bears from 1961-66. He threw for 2,301 yards and 15 touchdowns in the 1963 title season. He played for Vandy from 1949-51 and was the SEC player of the year his final season.

Miami signs C.J. Anderson to offer 03/10/16 [Last modified: Thursday, March 10, 2016 9:52pm]
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