There have been rumors circulating this offseason that the Buffalo Bills might be interested in dealing running back C.J. Spiller. However, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bills are not planning on pulling off such a move at the moment.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on SportsCenter Thursday that the Bills “have no immediate plans right now” to trade C.J. Spiller. Schefter believes teams have approached Buffalo about Spiller’s availability, but the plan for now is to let Spiller finish his rookie contract with the Bills.
If the Bills ultimately trade Spiller, they would be doing so for a couple of reasons.
Spiller is coming off a down 2013 season, in which he rushed for 933 yards and two touchdowns, while dealing with multiple injuries throughout the year. The back is free agent after this season and perhaps the Bills don’t have interest in paying the price to keep him in their long-term plans.
Furthermore, current third-string running back Bryce Brown has impressed this preseason, rushing for 104 yards on 18 carries, giving him a 5.8 yards per carry average. That might make the Bills feel Spiller is a bit more tradable.
Still, whether it’s because teams aren’t offering the Bills enough in trade packages or Buffalo simply wants to see if Spiller can bounce back this season, it looks like the 27-year-old will start year with the team that drafted him four years ago.
Spiller has rushed for 3,021 yards and 12 touchdowns in his career.