C.J. Spiller bides time with free agency looming

He was one of the last players to answer questions from the media before a team meeting on locker clean out day Monday, as the Bills regular season came to a close. C.J. Spiller has some decisions to make this offseason with the option to become a free agent. At this point however, he has no preconceived notions about what his best course of action will be.

"I'm not worried about that right now," said Spiller with respect to free agency. "The season just ended and I haven't had the time to sit down with my agent."

That's expected to take place in short order as Spiller assesses his options heading into the offseason.

Spiller appeared in just nine games this season. A broken left collarbone suffered in the Vikings game cost him seven games in the second half of the season leaving him with his lowest rushing total since his rookie year. The former first-round pick understands the drop in production won't enhance his value, but it's not something he's going to fret over.

"Obviously injuries happen and unfortunately they happened to me at a critical time in my playing career," Spiller said. "I've got strong enough faith that everything is going to work out for the good, so I'm really not worried about anything. I know what type of player I am and I know I can play in this league. I pretty much know what my value is too as well."

Buffalo's front office was clear that they would prefer to have the former first-round pick back for the foreseeable future.

"He obviously didn't have a year that he probably wanted with the injuries, but we think he can bring something to our offense and be a nice addition and a nice weapon for us," said GM Doug Whaley.

The Bills back matched his career low in yards per carry average (3.8) and touchdowns (1) this season as Buffalo largely went with a committee backfield come the second half of the year when Spiller returned for the final two regular season games.

Buffalo's run game also fell on hard times. A year after finishing second in the league the Bills rushing attack finished 25th managing just over 92 yards a game. Outside observers wondered if Spiller was a fit for the Bills run scheme, which focused on a good deal of inside zone plays between the tackles.

"I don't want to get into that really," said Spiller of whether he was a fit for Buffalo's offense. "Different things happen each year. You want to have the year I had in '12 consistently, but unfortunately I wasn't able to do that these last two years."

Spiller's most productive season remains the 2012 campaign when he had over 1,700 all-purpose yards including 1,244 on the ground averaging six yards a carry to tie for the league lead. He earned Pro Bowl recognition that season.

Many of Spiller's teammates remember that season and know all too well about the game-breaking ability that he possesses.

"He's a dynamic player," said Fred Jackson. "Everybody in this locker room wants him to come back. He loves it here, hopefully things work out, we can get him back and he can continue to play here because I know he's a player we all want back and one that we know of capable of making a lot of plays for us."

Knowing the NFL is a business, Jackson admitted to talking to Spiller about Sunday's game at Gillette being the last for them as teammates.

"We talked about it before the game," Jackson said. "We said if it potentially was going to be our last game, let's make it a good one and get a win. We were able to do that but no matter what, we're going to wish him well. He'll always be a brother to me and I told him to do what he can to get it taken care of and we'll see what happens and how it plays out in the end."

"I had a great talk with Fred," said Spiller. "He's like a big brother and I've had five years here with him. It's one of the things that we always do and we'll see how it plays out."

Here's a glimpse behind-the-scenes of C.J. Spiller RECHARGED in a recent photo shoot in the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse.

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