Just a day after agreeing to terms with CB Brandon Browner, the New Orleans Saints have officially signed free agent running back C.J. Spiller to a four-year deal worth $18 million with $9 million guaranteed and a $5 million signing bonus. The final year can be voided based on performance.
Again, Coach Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis worked their magic to bring another great player into the Big Easy. The reports began yesterday when the Saints were said to be eyeing Spiller. Now, a deal has been reached that will bring the dynamic running back’s talents to New Orleans via the Buffalo Bills.
Somewhat of a surprising move, the Saints could certainly use C.J. Spiller’s versatility in a change-of-pace role alongside the newly re-signed Mark Ingram. Replacing Pierre Thomas with a new pass-catching running back was certainly a priority with the return of Travaris Cadet highly unlikely.
Spiller has faced several injury issues since taking his talents to the professional level via the No. 9 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Clemson. In five years in Buffalo, he’s totaled 3,321 yards and just 12 touchdowns on 668 carries while reeling in 158 receptions for 1,195 and six scores.
His best year came in 2012 when he rushed for his first and only 1,000 yard season (1,244) and caught a career-high 43 passes for 459 yards. He totaled eight touchdowns that year.
Spiller’s worst season came in 2014, playing in just nine games before breaking his collarbone in October. He recorded just 300 yards (zero touchdowns) on 78 carries, adding 19 receptions for 125 yards and one trip into the end zone.
C.J. Spiller is undoubtedly a talented running back — he’s speedy, explosive and versatile. However, due to subpar health and Fred Jackson in the mix in Buffalo, the Clemson product just never really lived up to his hype. That could very well change with the New Orleans Saints — players and fans should be excited to have Spiller on their side.
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