If it is true that Buffalo Bills’ running back C.J. Spiller is available in a potential trade, then one thing has become clear: there is a good chance that NFL general managers play fantasy football.
Understanding how silly that sounds on the face of it, consider this: Spiller’s name will be mud in fantasy drafts across the country this month as owners choose not to draft him out of spite after spending a disappointing first round pick on him last season. They will refuse to own him despite the fact that he comes with a higher upside than many running backs around the league.
It appears that NFL executives feel the same way about Spiller. The guy might be available in a trade, a prospect that would presumably be appealing to any number of teams even with his inconsistent career and trouble with injuries. That is simply not the case, however.
According to Mike Rodak, the Bills are receiving little to no interest in Spiller from opposing teams:
Doug Whaley says the Bills have not been contacted by any team regarding C.J. Spiller.
— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) August 13, 2014
With Bryce Brown in the fold and Fred Jackson back once again, trade speculation followed Spiller into camp. It is hard to gauge whether or not the Bills would be open to moving him, however, if no teams want to trade for him in the first place.
In 2013 Spiller ran for 933 yards and two touchdowns on 202 carries. Obviously he is looking for bigger things this season, but that might be hard to come by with fewer touches to go around this season.