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Winners or Losers? Grading more New Orleans Saints transactions

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Sep 14, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) point to the fans after running back a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Dolphins 29-10. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s start with the signing of C.J. Spiller. There was much rumored interest between the two parties before the official deal was announced.

Spiller, who turns 28 in August, was originally the 9th overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Buffalo Bills. In his five seasons with the team, he totaled 3,321 rushing yards on 668 carries (5.0 average), and added 1,195 receiving yards on 158 touches (7.6 average). He’s tallied 20 total touchdowns, including two in the return game. Spiller, along with many of the players the Saints have brought in recently, missed time last year, appearing in only nine games. However, Spiller has since addressed this by stating he’s 100 percent, and ready to go.

The move wasn’t a knee-jerk reaction for the Saints. Spiller was signed for the next four years, and brought in on a contract worth $18 million. That means the New Orleans Saints backfield looks to be a three-headed hydra consisting of Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson, and C.J. Spiller for next season, but Spiller and Ingram are here to stay for the next several years. The formula is simple, pound it on the ground with Ingram early, get your change of pace back in rotation with Spiller, and potentially have Robinson finish things off.

At the end of the day, Spiller is a much better option over Reggie Bush. The Saints gain a dynamic scatback who can line up at the receiver position. This is a good signing for the team, and if other players like Edwin Baker or Tim Hightower pan out, then the Saints will have a monster backfield. Oh by the way, Spiller could see action in the return game, which is an added bonus for the team.

Final Grade: B+

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