Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller confident ahead of free agency
Despite struggling with injury and poor production this season, Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller is optimistic about his future, whether or not the Bills re-sign the fifth-year back, according to Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 in Buffalo.
Spiller, Buffalo's 2010 first-round pick, is poised to enter unrestricted free agency after this season. The 27-year-old is confident about his prospects and his value, despite a lackluster season this year.
"I've got strong enough faith that everything will work out for the good. I'm not really worried about anything," Spiller said. "I know the type of player I am and that I can play in this league. I pretty much know what my value is as well."
Spiller missed seven games this season after being placed on short-term injured reserved due to a broken collarbone he sustained in the Bills' Oct. 19 home victory over the Minnesota Vikings. He did not return to the field until Buffalo's loss to the Oakland Raiders on Dec. 21.
In nine games this year, Spiller has carried 78 times for 300 yards, including the 53-yard run against the Vikings on which he was injured. In nine games this year and 15 games in 2013, he has tallied fewer yards than he earned in 16 games in 2012, when he carried for 1,244 yards and six touchdowns.
That drop in production has not dampened Spiller's attitude.
"It wasn't disappointing. Obviously, injuries happen, and unfortunately they happened to me during a critical time in my playing career," said Spiller. "I'm not sitting here retiring from football. I feel good. I've got a lot of years left to play...[I'm] very excited...We'll see what happens."
The Bills finished the season with a 9-7 record, placing second in the AFC East behind the New England Patriots.