Thursday, July 31, 2014

Spiller still shopping for agent as crucial year nears


While Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson celebrates his new contract extension, fellow back C.J. Spiller is still searching for representation to aid with his.

Coming into his fifth year in the league, Spiller will be looking to land another long-term deal with the team between now and the start of 2015, or he has the option to test the free agent market. He's currently in the top bracket of highest paid backs in the league, though injuries last season kept the 26-year-old from playing at top form.

Spiller told the Post-Standard recently that vetting a new agent is still ongoing.

"I'm in the process right now," Spiller said. "I'll definitely have one soon."

Spiller had a similar answer back in April, when he told Mike Rodak of that "hopefully I'll get one pretty soon." Spiller then noted the bond he had with his previous agent, Gary Wichard, who died a year after Spiller's six-year deal was inked. The former Clemson star is looking for a similar connection with his next hire, a process he admitted could take some time.

As things stand now, the acquisitions of Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon, coupled with the Jackson extension, undoubtedly add some pressure to a season in which fans were already hoping to see the Spiller who put up a 1,200-yard rushing year and averaged six yards a carry in 2012. If Spiller is unable to stay healthy in 2014, or produce in what is likely to be a slightly diminished role from a season ago, it wouldn't be the craziest thing Buffalo fans have seen if the team decided to pass on an extension for the elusive speedster. 

Spiller, at least this week, is keeping his eyes set on the present, not the future. 

"The only thing I've been focusing on is preparing the best way I can to try to come out here and have great practices," he said. "Once the season starts, just focus on that and don't worry about the other stuff."

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