The Kansas City Chiefs first attempt at adding to their backfield will be running back CJ Spiller, who signed with the team today. The Chiefs announced the move.
Roster move: We have signed free agent running back C.J. Spiller. pic.twitter.com/ef6tmnaqJW— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) February 24, 2017
Spiller has been in the league since 2010. He spent five seasons with the Bills then spent time with the Saints, Seahawks and Jets. Here’s Sean Payton on why the Saints let him go last year (via old friend Herbie Teope). His best season as a pro came in 2012 with the Bills when he had over 1,200 yards rushing and 459 yards receiving. He’s had more than 30 receptions in four of his NFL seasons which he’ll need to be able to do in Kansas City.
Interesting signing although it’s been a few years since he’s been productive. Running backs don’t usually get better with age. Spiller will be 30 when the season starts.
He’ll join Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West in the Chiefs backfield. It’s not likely that Knile Davis is back and we don’t know the future of Jamaal Charles. If Jamaal doesn’t play, it seems realistic Spiller makes the roster if stays healthy, which has been a problem. We have a long way to go until September though.
Some will wonder if he was signed to replace Jamaal. I don’t think that’s the right way to look at it. The Chiefs aren’t going to let Jamaal go because Spiller looks good. But if Jamaal doesn’t play, they do need more help at running back.
Also, I don’t know what this means but:
Chiefs announce signing of RB CJ Spiller, who is healthy now. Spiller and Eric Berry have same agent, Chad Speck. Plenty of convos b/n them— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 24, 2017