Chiefs sign running back CJ Spiller

Any time the Kansas City Chiefs sign anyone, fans immediately look up that guy's stats and ooh and aah where needed.

Former New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller has a new home.

There were some who were likely questioning if this meant that the Chiefs were officially going to move on from Jamaal Charles (tweet below), but I'm here to tell you that this move won't be a very effective free agent signing.

Spiller, a speedy do-it-all dynamo at Clemson, once ran a blistering 4.37-second 40-yard dash leading up to the 2010 National Football League draft, where he was selected ninth overall by the Buffalo Bills. However, Spiller played for three teams last season and has never quite reached the potential he once had when he entered the league in 2010 out of Clemson. He appeared in 13 games with two starts, totaling 112 yards rushing on 36 carries and 34 catches for 239 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Kansas City already has a plethora of backs, including skilled runners in Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West.

The NFL Combine is next weekend and the Chiefs should pay close attention to the running back position. Although it has not been popular to draft running backs early in the draft in recent history, more teams may be more willing to take a risk after the success the Cowboys had with Ezekiel Elliot last season, and the Chiefs should not shy away if the right opportunity presents itself.

This year's draft class is stacked with talented running backs that are expected slip to the middle-to-late rounds of the draft, making it a good year to find competition at the position.

Couldn't have said it any better myself.

Spiller signed a contract with the Chiefs on Friday. But they do not necessarily have to make a corresponding roster move to sign Spiller, as there are no roster limits at this time of year.

  • Julie Sanders