The New Orleans Saints have been extremely busy this offseason with the trades of both Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills, but they made yet another addition today as well. According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Saints have agreed to a contract with former Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller.
Saints reached agreement with former Bills RB CJ Spiller. Saints backfield getting crowded: Spiller, Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2015
Spiller is a very solid pickup for Sean Payton’s offense, and will likely fill a fairly similar role to what Darren Sproles had during his tenure with the Saints. He is a very quick running back that is actually more dangerous as a receiver out of the backfield. New Orleans has officially put together thunder and lightning with Mark Ingram and Spiller.
Last season with the Bills, Spiller dealt with some injury issues like he has throughout the majority of his career. That is one major concern for the Saints, but he ended up running for 300 yards and no touchdowns. Back in the 2012 season when he was completely healthy, he ran for 1,244 yards and six touchdowns while also catching 43 passes for 459 yards and two touchdowns.
It will be very interesting to see whether or not a change of scenery can help Spiller get his carer back on track.
At 27 years old, there is still time for Spiller to turn things back around. He has all of the talent in the world to reach his potential, but there is a lot of work to be done. New Orleans is offering him a fresh start, which is all that any player can ask for at this stage of his career.