That was the message Spiller gave during an interview on Sirius XM radio on Tuesday. "I want to be in Buffalo," Spiller said. "There is a possibility that I can be in a Bills uniform but the ball is in their court."
Spiller also gave his approval of the Bills coaching hire, saying Rex Ryan was a great fit for Buffalo and, "I love me some Rex Ryan."
Spiller is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 10. He rushed for 300 yards on 78 carries in an injury-shortened 2014 season.
Bills general manager Doug Whaley said that senior vice president of football administration Jim Overdorf, president Russ Brandon and contract administrator Kevin Meganck are meeting with Spiller's representation this week at the NFL combine.
“We’re hoping we can close the gap and get the deal done," Whaley said, via the Bills' website.
The Bills selected Spiller with the ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft. His best season was in 2012, when he ran for 1,244 yards and six touchdowns. Injuries kept Spiller to just 300 yards and zero touchdowns in 2014.
Even so, the Bills have made it clear that their preference is to bring Spiller back.
“There’s going to have to be some work done, but I’m confident that we’ll each come to the table with an open mind and try to get a deal done that’s great for both sides,” Whaley said.
"(Senior VP of Football Administration) Jim Overdorf, (President) Russ Brandon and (Contract Administrator) Kevin Meganck are meeting with his representation right here at the combine,” Whaley told Bills play-by-play announcer John Murphy. “We’re hoping we can close the gap and get the deal done.
Spiller enjoyed his best year in 2012, playing for newly-hired Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey. Spiller rushed for 1,244 yards, while totaling 459 receiving yards and eight touchdowns (six rushing) in 2012.
"Spiller will be one of the players the Jets pursue. Not just kick the tires on, but pursue," the league source said. "Chan Gailey would like him here in New York. He's the pass catching option out of the backfield that the Jets need for this offense and he's a playmaker."
Spiller played just five games in 2014 due to a stay on injured reserve caused by a shoulder injury. He rushed for 300 yards on 78 carries while adding another 125 yards on 19 receptions. He is destined to reach free agency when the 2015 league year opens on March 10.
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Gailey's spread attack "puts a premium on a running back who can play in space and catch the ball," the website said. "That could mean a smaller role for Ivory."
Ivory (6-0, 222 pounds) is entering the final year of his deal. He played 42 percent of the snaps last season, compared to 37 percent for Johnson, per the website.
ESPN.com says the "ideal fit" for the Jets would be impending free agent
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