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C.J. Spiller | Running Back

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/5/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 200
College: Clemson
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Saints coach Sean Payton said at the NFL owners' meetings that C.J. Spiller and his agent prioritized fit first and foremost when pursuing a landing spot for Spiller.
Spiller was dreadfully mis-utilized by the post-Chan Gailey Bills. As opposed to prioritizing cash flow, Spiller went to the team he viewed could best put his talents to use. "To his agent’s credit, they looked at it from a ‘how he was going to be used’ standpoint, the system, the offense and wanting to be a part of it," Payton explained. "And we feel the same way." Payton called Spiller's highlight reel "unbelievable" on screens and sweeps. "When you watch his film you think of a lot of things he can do." Spiller should set a career high in catches with the Saints. Mar 25 - 8:19 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Saints signed RB C.J. Spiller to a four-year, $18 million contract with $9 million guaranteed.

No. 1 back Mark Ingram and new No. 2 Spiller are both now under the Saints' control for the next four seasons. As the Saints have moved on from top passing-game targets Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills, they appear to be going all-in on a ball-control offense featuring Spiller, Ingram, and Khiry Robinson with lane-creator Max Unger at center. Spiller's usage probably won't change much going from Buffalo to New Orleans, but we'd trust Sean Payton to utilize him in far more effective ways than Doug Marrone did. He'll be back on the fantasy RB2 radar, probably handling 9-14 touches per game.
Mar 13 - 12:55 PM

The Saints will host free agent C.J. Spiller on Thursday.

This is an exciting potential pairing; Spiller's explosive lateral agility and straight-line speed would be fun to watch at the Superdome. Spiller has roots down south, having played college football at Clemson. The Saints are transitioning to a balanced-to-run-heavy offense, having re-signed Mark Ingram, traded for C Max Unger, and dealt Jimmy Graham. Spiller would be the 1B to Ingram's 1A, likely seeing around 8-14 touches per game in New Orleans.
Mar 11 - 10:20 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints are "in the mix" for free agent C.J. Spiller.

Per Rapsheet, the Cowboys "lurk as well." New Orleans would be an intriguing landing spot, as the Saints need a proven pass-catching back after releasing Pierre Thomas. Spiller would help replace some of the playmaking ability that went out the door when the Saints shipped Jimmy Graham to Seattle. It's hard to see Dallas being a serious contender unless DeMarco Murray actually walks.
Mar 11 - 5:44 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Patriots have "inquired about" free agent C.J. Spiller.

The Pats need someone to replace Shane Vereen, and have now been linked to Spiller and Roy Helu. Spiller will be searching for something in the neighborhood of the annual $4 million Vereen got from the Giants, so he may not be a fit.
Source: on Twitter
Mar 10 - 5:48 PM

The Dolphins are not chasing free agent RB C.J. Spiller at this time.

The Dolphins have to pinch some pennies in the wake of the Ndamukong Suh deal, so paying up at running back wisely isn't a priority. Spiller makes a lot more sense for the Cowboys or Eagles right now. Lamar Miller remains the feature back in Miami.
Mar 10 - 12:04 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport suggests the Cowboys could be interested in free agent RB C.J. Spiller.

The Cowboys are letting DeMarco Murray test the market as we speak. If a cap-rich team (Jaguars?) ends up meeting his $8 million per year contract demands, Dallas will be in the market for running back help. Jerry Jones had interest in trading for Spiller two years ago and could very well revisit the idea. The Jets and old Bills friend Chan Gailey are also expected to be in the market for Spiller.
Mar 10 - 7:53 AM

Profootballtalk reports free agent C.J. Spiller isn't in a rush to sign.

Per Mike Florio, Spiller's plan "was and is to wait it out." Spiller's agent likes the way the running-back market is shaping up, and is apparently willing to pit teams against each other for a few more days. Spiller is still likely to strike a deal within the first 48 hours of free agency.
Mar 8 - 2:59 PM

ProFootballTalk reports the Cowboys will be interested in free agent RB C.J. Spiller if DeMarco Murray walks.

Yahoo's Rand Getlin reported on Friday the Jets, Patriots, Dolphins, Cardinals, 49ers, Redskins and Lions were interested in Spiller. Add the Cowboys to the list. Spiller is entering is age-28 season, but has little wear on his tires after touching the ball only 826 times over his five-year career. Spiller is Rotoworld's No. 2 available running back.
Mar 7 - 10:16 AM

Citing multiple league sources, Yahoo's Rand Getlin reports the Jets, Patriots, Dolphins, Cardinals, 49ers, Redskins, and Lions have interest in free agent C.J. Spiller.

It's notable that the Eagles were not included; they've been a presumed suitor since 2014 reports surfaced of Chip Kelly trying to trade for Spiller. Getlin suggests the Jets "might be the team to beat," given Spiller's successful history in New York OC Chan Gailey's spread offense. New England would be an intriguing fit, with Spiller replacing free agent Shane Vereen.
Mar 6 - 11:41 PM

Free agent C.J. Spiller could be a fit with the Eagles now that LeSean McCoy has been traded.

The Eagles have plenty of running back options in free agency, but Spiller might be the best fit. Spiller split time with Fred Jackson in Buffalo, so he doesn't have the mileage attached to a DeMarco Murray or Frank Gore. The Eagles probably wouldn't have to break the bank to get Spiller, either. Spiller and Mark Ingram appear to be the early favorites to replace McCoy in Philadelphia.
Source: Philly.com
Mar 6 - 10:14 AM

NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reports free agent C.J. Spiller turned down a contract worth $4.5 million per year from the Bills.

The Bills then decided to move on, swinging a trade for LeSean McCoy. Spiller is likely seeking $5 million-plus on the open market. He probably has a decent shot at landing it. Spiller is still just 27 years old and has plenty of tread left on the tires after averaging just over 165 touches per season his first five years.
Mar 4 - 1:34 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Cardinals, Jets, Dolphins, and 49ers are "potential suitors [with] considerable interest" in free agent C.J. Spiller.

We'd add the LeSean McCoy-less Eagles after they reportedly tried to trade for Spiller last March before acquiring Darren Sproles. The Cardinals weren't prepared when Andre Ellington got hurt last year, while the Jets have been dubbed the favorites for Spiller. San Francisco needs a return man and COP runner to Carlos Hyde if free agent Frank Gore skips town. Miami is in the market for an upgrade on free agent Daniel Thomas next to Lamar Miller. Spiller is going to have a hot market despite injury concerns coming off a down 2014. He's our No. 2 available back behind DeMarco Murray.
Mar 3 - 11:11 PM

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini doesn't believe the Jets "will be chasing" free agent C.J. Spiller.

Cimini expects the Jets to be more interested in re-signing Bilal Powell as their do-it-all backup. Powell shouldn't stand in the way of anyone as an average-to-below average back on a team desperate for playmakers. And if Spiller qualifies as anything, it's that he's a playmaker. Spiller-to-the-Jets has had legs ever since Chan Gailey was hired as coach Todd Bowles' OC. With the Eagles trading LeSean McCoy and their rumored interest in Spiller last March, they're now a contender for him. Spiller's landing spot will be key for his fantasy outlook.
Mar 3 - 10:53 PM

The Bills have informed free agent C.J. Spiller he will not be re-signed.

This qualifies as "duh" following Tuesday's stunning acquisition of LeSean McCoy. All signs now point toward Spiller reuniting with ex-Bills coach/new Jets OC Chan Gailey in New York, but the money will have to be right. Spiller has yet to be credibly linked to a team other than Gang Green.
Mar 3 - 7:21 PM