Kimberly A. Martin of Newsday reports that the Jets are “very interested” in Bills free agent RB C.J. Spiller.
The Jets have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Spiller given that they hired former Bills HC Chan Gailey as their new offensive coordinator.
In fact, Spiller has said he would be a “perfect fit” for the Jets.
“There is that familiarity between me and him in that offense,” Spiller said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “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.”
The Bills have said publicly that they try to retain Spiller this offseason, but unless talks heat up in the coming weeks, there appears to be a chance he could be playing for one of their rivals.
Spiller, 27, finished out his five-year, $25,672,087 rookie contract with the Bills that included $11,854,169 guaranteed and is now in position to be an unrestricted free agent in the coming weeks.
The problem for Spiller other free agent running backs is that there is more depth at the position in recent years, as well as a strong draft class, which means these players could be forced to take lower contracts than they may have landed in previous years.
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. 36 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.