Bills haven't been contacted about Spiller
The tradewinds are blowing with plenty of rumors popping up about Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller. All the speculation, as much as it has increased, is still only that according to the man ultimately in charge of pulling the trigger on any deal.
"We have not been contacted by any team about C.J. Spiller," Bills GM Doug Whaley said quite plainly at Saint Vincent College ahead of the first of two joint practices with the Pittsburgh Steelers. "These rumors are news to me."
Spiller has been a hot topic for some, with the first insinuation implying that the Bills could be fielding plenty of offers for their former first-round pick as early as this month. That, in concert with some basic roster logic could help get plenty of people to believe that the running back could potentially be on the move if the right deal comes along.
Spiller, who has an electric second-step is going into the final year of his contract with the Bills. Despite his age (27) and the data that points to the age 28 as the biggest drop-off point for most running backs, the former top ten selection could be a relatively hot commodity if available.
Whaley played any of the talk off even more.
"I'll tell you guys, and you know I'm a straight shooter. We have not been contacted by any teams," the GM said. "I can probably see where people see our depth at running back and try to connect the dots with teams that don't have depth, but, again, nobody has talked to us."
The depth is the other part of it. In addition to Spiller, the Bills still have Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon on the roster to give them one of the deepest groups they've had at the position in many years. But until Whaley and the Bills get a call about him, and it's an offer that sweeps them off their feet, the running back likely isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
Spiller rushed for 933 yards and two touchdowns in 2013 while dealing with a high ankle sprain for much of the season. He is listed at the top of the running back depth chart for the Bills.
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