News of running backs going down seems to come out every other hour at this point in the 2014 NFL preseason. Several good ones are already down for the year, and teams are going to be looking to add depth at the position as the regular season nears.
Enter into that equation the Buffalo Bills and C.J. Spiller and you have a perfect trade scenario. For a team that has plenty of running backs, the current market is on fire for someone to be traded, and the Bills could have interest in shipping Spiller if the right deal comes across their table.
Spiller has been pretty good over the first few years of his career but the Bills appear unwilling to give him a contract extension. He is going into the last year of his contract, which could lead teams to take a chance on him having a career season. The Bills have Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon to provide plenty of depth without Spiller in the backfield.
A team would not need to be desperate to take a trade on Spiller, either. He tends to average close to five yards per carry and at least has a shot at 1,000 yards this year, especially considering he’s in a contract year. The time is right and the Bills should make a move while the iron is hot.
If they wait too long, teams will fill the holes they have and the return price will go down. The truth of the matter is simple. Even if they don’t get a lot in return, it is worth a trade considering he won’t be the workhorse back this season and they won’t get anything in return if he leaves via free agency next offseason.