CJ Spiller is well aware that he is entering the final year of his contract and that there are trade rumors surrounding him.
Still, Spiller says he is focused on this season playing with the Buffalo Bills.
"I’m under contract. I knew that was going to come up,” Spiller told Buffalobills.com. “I don’t really pay any attention to that. I’m a Buffalo Bill through and through. I love this place, this organization loves me. I’m here until further notice.”
The Bills re-signed running back Fred Jackson to a one-year contract extension and acquired Bryce Brown this offseason for a fourth round pick. The speculation surrounding Spiller is real, as he will likely draw a hefty salary for a player in a diluted position.
“It’s just one of those things. I’ve had some good conversations with Russ Brandon and Doug Whaley. One thing I’ve learned is that you can’t believe everything out there and I don’t,” he told the team's website. “I don’t pay any attention to that, the only time I hear about it is from one of my family members or one of my friends. I’m not going out there seeking it, trying to find it. I love this place, I love being here in Buffalo, I love the people. Just to see the reception that Andre Reed got at the Hall of Fame, that’s the only thing I’m worried about, coming out here and getting ready with my teammates, getting ready for September 7th against the Chicago Bears.”
Spiller is looking to rebound from last season, where he struggled with injuries and didn't have the explosiveness he is known for. If he is able to bounce back, he could possibly earn a big payday, but it may not be with the Bills. As Buffalo's backfield becomes more crowded, Spiller and his salary could become expendable, depending on Whaley's plan for the team. Still, his potential is game-breaking and is considered a viable option for young quarterback EJ Manuel.
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