Kansas City Chiefs: CJ Spiller Signed As Free Agent

Kansas City Chiefs running back CJ Spiller. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs running back CJ Spiller. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports /

The Kansas City Chiefs have made a move at running back, adding former Saints back CJ Spiller to the roster. This is a surprising move for Kansas City.

There have been some questions about what the Kansas City Chiefs might do at running back this offseason. However, I don’t think anyone envisioned the team signing former first round pick CJ Spiller to the roster. Yet that is just what Kansas City did this morning as the seven year veteran joins the squad.

CJ Spiller has bounced around the NFL since leaving the Bills after the 2014 season. His stints with the Saints, Jets, and Seahawks were less than stellar. However, he had once shown a lot of promise when he began his career in Buffalo. His best season came in 2012 when he rushed for over 1200 yards and had over 450 receiving yards. Since then, things haven’t been great.

As to what role CJ Spiller will play with the Chiefs, I couldn’t even really begin to speculate. My best guess is that John Dorsey is looking to catch lightning in a bottle should Jamaal Charles not return to KC this year. Spiller may be nothing more than a potential backup option. The Chiefs have gone that route with veterans at other positions before.

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I doubt very much that we will see CJ Spiller play too much of a role with the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s hard to imagine him unseating any of the current top three backs on the roster. In fact, I’ll go ahead and tell you that I doubt he makes the final 53 man roster for KC. Of course, this may be the precursor to another move, so we’ll just have to wait and see.