C.J. Spiller, the veteran running back, could end up signing with the New York Jets, according to several reports.
Spiller was cut from the roster by New Orleans Saints earlier this month. Since then, he has been linked to the New England Patriots but has yet to work out for Bill Belichick’s team.
Spiller also worked out for the Green Bay Packers butt he two sides could’t come to terms on a contract.
NFL insider Rand Getlin reported Monday that Spiller is being flown into New York for a meeting followed by a work out session on Tuesday morning.
— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) September 26, 2016
C.J. Spiller: Still a valuable asset?
Many analysts believe Spiller could be valuable asset especially to a championship-contender that requires veteran presence and locker room leadership.
When Spiller was released by the Saints, coach Sean Payton couldn’t stop raving about the 26-year-old’s impact on the locke room, calling him a “good teammate” and “a phenomenal, phenomenal guy”.
Payton explained that the team was forced to cut Spiller due to his recent injury history, especially the 2015-16 season which saw play only 13 games after an injury sustained in training camp.
“Obviously, his last season was frustrating because he dealt with the injury in training camp,” the Saints coach said of Spiller.
“I think he’s a year ahead of where he was a year ago and gotten better than where he was a year ago, and yet it just became a challenge for us when we were looking at actives and roles, and that was really it.”
Meanwhile, Spiller, too, felt that he was leaving the Saints on good terms.
“This organization really believed in me during (the 2015) free agency. They gave me another opportunity when my contract was up in Buffalo. I have nothing but good relationships that I have built here.
“It’s a first-class organization that gives the players everything they need to be successful. So, I definitely don’t have any hard feelings,” the running back said after his release.
C.J. Spiller would be a valuable addition to the Jets, who have a relatively thin rotation at running back.