NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Jets added depth at running back Tuesday, signing former first-round draft pick C.J. Spiller, according to multiple reports.
The Seattle Seahawks released Spiller last week after he spent about a month on the team. He started the season with the New Orleans Saints, but was cut after Week 1.
Earlier Tuesday, the Jets claimed former Chiefs and Packers running back Knile Davis off waivers, but he was released about 2½ hours later to make room for Spiller.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said the Jets were already in talks with Spiller but claimed Davis as insurance in case the two sides could not agree to a deal.
The Buffalo Bills drafted Spiller with the ninth overall pick out of Clemson in 2010, and he appeared to be one of the league’s rising young stars after he rushed for 1,244 yards during a Pro Bowl season in 2012. However, his numbers have steadily declined ever since.
The Saints signed Spiller to a four-year, $16 million free agent deal before the 2015 season, but he never established a steady role there.
In just two games with Seattle, he had 9 yards on three carries and five receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Spiller joins a Jets backfield that already includes Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.
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