"I think we expected Spiller to be somewhere else with a higher number. But it all worked out," Payton told The Advocate.
Spiller joined the Saints on a four-year, $16 million deal.
“His cutup is unbelievable,” Payton said of Spiller. ”And I’m not talking about last season because I think it became challenging, but you go back a couple of years and start looking at his screen reel, a sweep reel, a return reel.
“So when you watch his film you think of a lot of things he can do. He’s physical, he’s the most explosive player on the field a lot of times when you’re watching him. … So he’s an exciting player that clearly heading into free agency there wasn’t any thought about and then after that first rush there was some interest and I think to his agent’s credit they looked at it from a how he was going to be used standpoint, the system, the offense and wanting to be a part of it and we feel the same way.”
During a conference call with local media, new
"I've been following this offense very closely," Spiller said after he signed a four-year deal, worth $18 million with $9 million guaranteed and a $5 million signing bonus with the Saints. "We tried to do some similar stuff at Buffalo early on in my career. The way that they use their running backs in general is very intriguing. If you were in my position, you would be a fool not to visit or at least see how they could utilize your skill set, especially my type of skill set."
Spiller figures to be used the same way New Orleans utilized Reggie Bush, Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas in the previous seasons.
Over his career, Spiller has 3,321 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. He rushed for a career-high 1,244 yards in 2012. Since that season, the 27-year-old has totaled only 1,233 in 24 games from 2013-14.
Spiller, 27, was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Bills. He was limited to only nine games last season due to a shoulder injury, rushing for 300 yards on 78 carries for Buffalo. Over his career, Spiller has 3,321 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. he rushed for a career-high 1,244 yards in 2012. Since that season, he has totaled 1,233 in 24 games from 2013-14.
He joins a crowded backfield that includes Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson.
With DeMarco Murray (Eagles) and Justin Forsett (Ravens) reportedly off the market, the
Spiller is set to meet with the Saints on Thursday. The 27-year-old was limited to only nine games last season due to a shoulder injury, rushing for 300 yards on 78 carries for Buffalo. Over his career, Spiller has 3,321 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.
Free-agent running back
It was reported earlier Wednesday that the Saints have emerged as a possible landing spot for Spiller, who was limited to just nine games last season due to a shoulder injury. He totaled 425 yards on 97 touches and reached the end zone only once.
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