According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, veteran RB C.J. Spiller could be a “longshot” to be back with the Saints next year.
“At this point, it seems to be a longshot that Spiller is on the Saints team in 2016,” Rapoport said, per Kevin Patra.
Even with Mark Ingram being placed on season-ending injured reserve this week, Rapoport reports that the Saints are likely to have RB Tim Hightower takeover Ingram’s carries with Spiller remaining in his current role.
Spiller, 28, signed a four-year, $16 million contract that includes $9 million guaranteed with the Saints back in March. He stands to make a base salary of of $750,000 this season and another $1.7 million next year.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Spiller next year would free up $750,000 in available cap space and create $3,750,000 in dead money.
This season, Spiller has appeared in 11 games and ran for 108 on yards on 31 carries (3.5 YPC) to go along with 29 receptions for 216 yards receiving and two total touchdowns for the Saints. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 30 running back out of 67 qualifying players.