Buffalo Bills Sign C.J. Spiller to 5-Year Deal

August 7, 2010  – By Scott

The Buffalo Bills have finally landed their first pick in the 2010 NFL draft as running back C.J. Spiller has signed a 5-year deal. Spiller’s deal is reported to be worth $25 million but could rise to as much as $37.5 million if incentives are met. The former Clemson star got to the team’s training camp on Friday and headed directly to team meetings before taking the field for the Bill’s evening practice.

Spiller was selected 9th overall and still has a lot of catching up to do after missing 11 practices since the opening of camp on July 29. He realizes he has much to learn in a short amount of time.

“Any time you miss any day, that’s one day you can’t get better,” Spiller said. “Of course you miss that, but at the same time, you understand that you’ve got to get the business done first before you get on the field. And I’m glad I was able to get it done so I can get out there.”

Spiller’s success at Clemson landed him the 2009 ACC player of the year award last year. He finished his career with the Tigers with 51 touchdowns. Despite his smaller frame, listed at 5-foot-11 and 196 pounds, he has fantastic speed and is not afraid to carry the ball through the trenches. Spiller has even been compared to New Orleans Saints’ running back Reggie Bush because of their similar running styles. Bush and Spiller are the only to college players to finish their career with 3,000 yards rushing, 1,500 kickoff return yards, 1,000 yards receiving and 500 yards on punt returns.

The Bills will be installing a new offense under new head coach Chan Gailey and Spiller is being counted on to play a big role. He will be in a three-back rotation which also includes Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch. But Gailey has not ruled out the possibility of using Spiller at wide receiver as well. He showed why he is being heralded as one of the top backs in this years’ draft in his first practice after eluding linebacker Donovan Woods which resulted in him showcasing his speed as he blew past him.

“It felt great,” Spiller said. “I’ve still got to get my timing down. First day in pads, so you really don’t know what to expect. But the first day went pretty smooth.”

The addition of Spiller should only help the Bills as they have their odds listed at 100/1 to win Super Bowl XLV this season by NFL sportsbooks. Gailey plans on working him in slowly and not rushing things along, but is excited about what Spiller has to offer.

“He’s got a lot of catching up to do, not only mentally but physically,” Gailey said. “But I mean you could see the explosiveness that he’s always had.”

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