Yesterday, Bills GM Doug Whaley mentioned that they will “try to do [their] darndest” to re-sign RB C.J. Spiller in the coming months.
However, it appears as though they could have some competition from an AFC East team in the New York Jets.
Spiller tells Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that the addition of Chan Gailey as the Jets’ new offensive coordinator will force him to consider the idea playing for them next year.
“There is that familiarity between me and him in that offense,” Spiller said. “So that would be a perfect match. Who knows what can happen, but I’d be foolish not to have those guys on my list. I had my best years in the league with Chan. So it’d be dumb not to give it serious thought.”
New York could be in the market for a play-making running back next year, as Chris Johnson failed to live up to expectations in year one and stands to make $4 million for the 2015 season. With all things considered, it’s likely Johnson won’t be back with the Jets next season.
Spiller, 27, will be an interesting free agent to monitor if he reaches the open market.
DeMarco Murray and Spiller should be able to do better than than this year, but it goes to show just how little teams are willing to pay for veteran running backs nowadays.
In 2014, Spiller was limited to appearing in nine games and rushing for 300 yards on 78 carries (3.8 YPC) to go along with 19 receptions for 125 yards receiving and one touchdown.
We have Spiller currently listed as the No. 48 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.