Most training camps are only a few days old, and a couple of backup running backs are already down for the count. Teams such as the Colts and 49ers are looking to replace their losses and will probably come calling to teams with some running back depth. The Bills are one such team, and CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora thinks Buffalo might listen to offers for C.J. Spiller .
"Buffalo has more backs than it needs, probably, and C.J. Spiller, in the final year of his deal and with no extension in sight, could be the odd man out," La Canfora wrote Saturday. "I anticipate Fred Jackson being a Bill for life, and he could end up with a few new years on his deal, and the speed of Bryce Brown is impressive. Anthony Dixon supplies depth. A trade market for Spiller could well develop over the next month."
It must be pointed out that this is only La Canfora's opinion. There's no reporting here, and there's no indication that Bills coaches or executives don't like Spiller and are looking to deal him.
Spiller would certainly bring in the biggest haul for the Bills, but such a move seems foolish. Brown has the physical abilities to be a good running back in this league, but he needs a lot of polish and work on his fundamentals. If those don't improve, he may never be more than just a backup.
And someone please tell me why the Bills would want to extend the 33-year-old Jackson for a few more years. That seems like a good idea only for writers who enjoy sentimental storylines. With the youthful and athletic Spiller and Brown playing for cheap, there should be no room for F-Jax on this team after 2014.
The Bills have already talked about how often they want Spiller to get involved this season. There's a reason for that: He's their best offensive player. A trade offer for him better be one Buffalo can't refuse. Otherwise, this opinion seems a bit batty.