Raiders reportedly sign free agent running back C.J. Anderson

Ex-Cal running back played for Broncos and Panthers.Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area native, a 2014 Pro Bowl selection with Broncos, was released by Panthers last month

Veteran running back C.J. Anderson, a Bay Area product from Richmond and Cal, reportedly signed a free-agent contract with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, according to multiple media reports.

The 5-8, 224-pound Anderson, who was a 2014 Pro Bowl selection with the Denver Broncos, rushed for 104 yards on 24 carries this season before he was released by the Carolina Panthers in mid-November

The 27-year-old Anderson worked out on Monday for the Kansas City Chiefs, who released running back Kareem Hunt last week because of off-the-field problems, before coming to Oakland for a workout.

Anderson, who signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent out of Cal in 2013, spent five seasons with the Broncos and rushed for 3,051 yards and 20 touchdowns in five seasons before he was released after last season and signed with the Panthers.

A year ago with the Broncos, Anderson rushed for 1,007 yards and three touchdowns, and in 2014 he ran for 849 yards and eight scores.

Anderson had a total of 100 yards rushing and receiving and scored the final touchdown on a two-yard run as the Broncos defeated the Panthers, 24-10, in Super Bowl 50 on Feb, 7, 2016, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

With the Raiders, Anderson will compete for playing time with starter Doug Martin, who took over when Marshawn Lynch went out with a groin injury earlier this season, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington.

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