C.J. Spiller is looking for a new team.
Buffalo’s message rang loud and clear when trading for Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy – Spiller would be pursuing other options.
Up to late February, the Clemson product kept the door cracked on a less-than-likely Bills’ return.
“I hoped that I could return (to Buffalo),” Spiller said Tuesday on NFL Network. “Very few guys get to play their whole career at one team, but, unfortunately, that doesn’t happen in this business.”
Coming off a rookie contract, Spiller tests the free agent waters for the first time, after an injury-plagued 2014 campaign. He missed a good chunk of the season with a shoulder injury, but was activated in late December. Spiller finished with 300 rushing yards on 78 carries.
“It’s exciting,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it. I know a lot of guys stress out about the situation, but I’m going to have fun with it and pick the best situation that fits my style. I’m going to a team that wants me to be there.”
The NFL Network crew brought up the Eagles as a landing spot, fitting in with Chip Kelly’s spread-’em-out style.
“I’m pretty sure that Chip (Kelly) has my agent’s phone number, so I’m pretty sure we might have to make a call over there,” he said.
“I’ve never been in that type of system before, but I don’t think I’d have any problem adjusting to it.”
Overall, he’s hoping his skills will get their due on the market – the running back position often evaluated as secondary now by NFL media.
“The thing that eats me up the most is when people say running backs are devalued,” Spiller said. “You go back and look at the Seattle and Green Bay game (in the playoffs) and they’re down two touchdowns and the coordinator still sticks the run because it opens up the game for everything.”
Spiller averaged six yards per carry in 2012, topping 1,200 yards (1,244) and backed that up with more than 1,000 total yards again in 2013. He will be 28 before entering his sixth season in the NFL.
The free agency period begins on March 10.