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GM Doug Whaley: Bills 'not been contacted' about C.J. Spiller trade

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Doug Whaley says C.J. Spiller trade rumors aren't accurate.
Doug Whaley says C.J. Spiller trade rumors aren't accurate. (USATSI)

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Rumors about a possible C.J. Spiller are percolating thanks to the Bills signing Fred Jackson to an extension, trading for Bryce Brown and signing Anthony Dixon in free agency.

But GM Doug Whaley said those rumors were just that: rumors.

"We have not been contacted by any team about C.J. Spiller. These rumors are news to me," Whaley said. "It's exciting I guess to you guys because it gives you something to fill the newspaper with. Again, no one, I'll tell you guys and you know I'm a straight shooter. We have not been contacted by any teams.

"I can probably see where people see our depth at running back and try to connect the dots with teams that don't have depth, but, again, nobody has contacted us."

The Bills have traded a first-round running back who wasn't working out perfectly before. They dealt Marshawn Lynch to the Seahawks after Beast Mode struggled to continue the success he saw in his rookie year. That didn't work out so well for Buffalo, though it did for the Seahawks, who paid a pittance for Lynch and later signed him to a long-term deal.

Spiller's a different cat. He's prototype of the modern NFL running back, he has the potential for a massive, massive season (it was supposed to be last year, but it didn't work out, hence the rumors), he could be a workhorse of sorts and he should fit well in the Doug Marrone/Nathaniel Hackett offense.

Trading him might fetch a decent return, but going into the year with Brown/Dixon/Jackson at running back isn't the soundest of plans.

Whaley's denial -- simply because of Spiller's talent -- makes a lot more sense than the jump-to-conclusions-mat speculation of a trade.

On the other hand, Whaley was once "taken aback" by rumors about Stevie Johnson being traded too. We know how that worked out.

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