The Buffalo Bills rushed to take Clemson RB C.J. Spiller with the No. 9 pick in the NFL Draft, and since they already had Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch on the roster, some observers thought the club had reached too far with its first-round pick.
Now, the Bills could start seeing some of the fallout from that pick. Though he didn’t come right out and say it, Spiller, in an interview with the Sporting News’ Clifton Brown , alluded to the possibility of missing parts of training camp because of a contract hold-out.
“I let my agent handle all of that,” he said. "We're not going to rush. We're going to make sure we cross our T's and dot our I's, however long the process takes. I just have to be patient. I can't get antsy about the situation. I've talked to a lot of veteran guys. My teammates aren't concerned about me holding out. They know that I want to be there, but at the end of the day it's a business. You have to do what's best for your family. It was good to get that support from veteran guys already — before negotiations have heated up.”
What will this mean for the Bills?
Considering how bad Buffalo’s offense could be, I’d say it’s very important the Bills get Spiller signed before training camp begins. Jackson would be fine as the No. 1 RB – he was a 1,000-yard rusher last season, though he only scored twice – but Lynch seems to be out of favor with the squad. The team doesn’t know who its starting quarterback will be, though I’d put my money on Trent Edwards, and aside from Lee Evans, who in the heck is the quarterback going to throw to on a regular basis? They need Spiller, because he, perhaps more than anybody else, has the ability to provide some offense.
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