Posted by Will Brinson
According to a report from ESPN's John Clayton, the Buffalo Bills and rookie running back C.J. Spiller have reached an agreement on a deal that will get Spiller into camp as early as Friday, while also making him wealthy individual. (And making Russell Okung the only unsigned rookie from the 2010 first round remaining.)
Clayton originally reported on the radio this morning that it was "likely" Spiller would sign Friday, and if his source is correct, that has happened.
The deal is reportedly a five-year contract worth $25 million total, with $20.8 million guaranteed (last year's No. 9 overall, B.J. Raji received a five-year deal worth $28.5 million overall/$18 million guaranteed).
For further context, Tyson Alualu -- the 10th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft -- received $28 million total and $18 million guaranteed from the Jaguars, while Rolando McClain -- the 8th overall pick -- received a five-year, $40 million overall/$23 million guaranteed deal from the Raiders.
In other words, Spiller took a little less total money while opting for more guaranteed money (provided, again, that the report is true).
Which makes him the complete opposite of the freshly-paid Andre Johnson.
The Bills should have a release on the news soon, and we'll keep you updated -- it would also seem logical that Spiller, because of his versatility, has a slew of incentives in his contract, relating to total yards gained, etc., etc.
Update (12:10): Looks like the "incentives" portion we mentioned above is a strong likelihood -- the AP is now reporting that Spiller's contract has a maximum value of $37.5 million, which is a pretty solid raise from the original report of $25 million.
However, the Bills, according to Rapid Reporter Mark Ludwiczak , didn't comment about the Spiller signing following early practice. Chan Gailey is scheduled to address the media following the evening session, though, so we should hear something relatively soon.
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