According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, free agent RB C.J. Spiller may have to wait a bit for a new opportunity to surface with an NFL team, considering that there aren’t a lot of running back openings right now.
Rapoport mentions that the Saints already paid Spiller’s 2016 salary, so it’s likely he would end up signing on for the veteran minimum. With this in mind, Rapoport believes it makes sense for Spiller to wait and not jump at the first opportunity.
Shortly after the Saints cut Spiller loose, he told Josina Anderson of ESPN that he didn’t see his release coming. Even so, Spiller had nothing but good things to say about the Saints.
“I definitely didn’t see it coming,” Spiller said. “I was going about my regular Tuesday recovery day when everything happened. It’s the first week, but I guess that’s why you have to expect the unexpected. But you know what, I leave on good terms. This organization really believed in me during free agency. They gave me another opportunity when my contract was up in Buffalo. I have nothing but good relationships that I have built here. It’s a first class organization that gives the players everything they need to be successful. So, I definitely don’t have any hard feelings. Now, I’m just going to wait for the next right opportunity. I still have a lot of football left in me. I’m pretty sure in the next day or so, me and my agent will start getting into it.”
Spiller, 29, is a former first-round pick of the Bills back in in 2010. He spent five years in Buffalo before signing a four-year, $16 million contract that included $9 million guaranteed with the Saints.
Spiller was set to make a base salary of $1.7 million for the 2016 season when the Saints cut him loose on Tuesday.
In 2015, Spiller appeared in 13 games for the Saints and ran for 112 yards on 36 carries (3.1 YPC) to go along with 34 receptions for 239 yards receiving and two touchdowns.