When the Buffalo Bills traded with the Philadelphia Eagles for running back Bryce Brown a few months ago, it raised some eyebrows with a lot of people. It was so puzzling given the fact that the backfield is already stacked, meaning that someone would eventually be the odd man out. But not many people thought that odd man out would be C.J. Spiller.
However, CBS’ Jason La Canfora is one of the folks that believe Spiller could absolutely be on the block, and he could be moved somewhere within the next month, prior to the season getting underway.
I’d expect the Bills to field calls for running backs if contending teams continue to lose them (Vick Ballard and Kendall Hunter already out for the year). Buffalo has more backs than it needs, probably, and C.J. Spiller, in the final year of his deal and with no extension in sight, could be the odd man out. I anticipate Fred Jackson being a Bill for life, and he could end up with a few new years on his deal, and the speed of Bryce Brown is impressive. Anthony Dixon supplies depth. A trade market for Spiller could well develop over the next month.
Spiller is arguably the team’s best playmaker on the offensive side of the ball, but if the Bills already don’t see him in the future plans enough to talk extension, then there is no harm in fielding some calls and seeing what they can grab as compensation.
Should he be moved, then the pressure on Brown to perform gets even greater, as Jackson is nearing the tail end of his career as the veteran.