The New Orleans Saints have ended its relationship with running back C.J. Spiller as the team released the running back on Monday. Spiller never was able to find his niche in the Saints offense and was a healthy inactive for week one.
Spiller was in the second year of his four-year, $16 million deal and will surely be labeled a bust signing. Spiller leaves this deal being paid $9 million for a total of 13 games played throughout the contract.
The veteran running back did not see the end of his time with the Saints coming so soon, which made this move a surprise to him.
Spiller told ESPN’s Josina Anderson he “didn’t see it coming.” Spiller added, “It’s the first week, but I guess that’s why you have to expect the unexpected. But you know what, I leave on good terms.”
Spiller’s statistics with the Saints were very underwhelming. Spiller finished with 112 rushing yards, 239 receiving yards and two touchdowns and had to deal with recovery from a minor knee surgery in his Saints tenure.
This is not the end of the line for Spiller and his NFL career, but he will need to be patient and look for the right fit in his next NFL venture. Spiller acknowledged this himself as he said he will “wait for the next right opportunity.”
Spiller’s NFL career can be summarized by the term inconsistency. There have been flashes of showing he is an elite running back and other flashes showing he is far from that status. Spiller will likely earn another NFL opportunity, but he must be wise with this choice and choose a team that can showcase his talents properly.