C.J. Anderson is at peace with where he ended up.
After inking a reported one-year deal with the Lions — his fourth team in less than a year after spending the first five seasons of his career with a single organization — the veteran running back sees a bright future in Detroit.
“You want to go where you’re wanted,” Anderson said, via mlive.com. “I was really wanted here.”
Anderson initially signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and remained in Denver until he was released in 2018. He then signed a one-year deal with the Panthers last May but was released by November.
After an unsuccessful stint with the Raiders that lasted less than one week, Anderson was starting to lose hope. Then Todd Gurley got hurt.
Anderson signed with the Rams in mid-December and helped the team make its push in the playoffs. Despite a 13-3 loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl 53, he had seven carries for 22 yards rushing yards and two catches for 12 yards receiving in the big game.
“I’ve done everything that a complete back would want to do,” Anderson said. “I’ve had some times where I’ve put it together for 16 games and you get rewarded with Pro Bowls and things of that nature, and I’ve done it at that level, too. It’s just finding the right opportunity, get another 16 again, put a full 16 together and hopefully find a home.”
Anderson, 28, finished with 67 carries for 403 yards rushing and five catches for 41 yards receiving in 11 regular-season games played between the Panthers and Rams last season.
He added 46 carries for 189 yards rushing and three catches for 17 yards receiving in the postseason for Los Angeles.