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Doug Whaley on C.J. Spiller trade talk: 'These rumors are news to me'


LATROBE, Pa. -- Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley seemed incredulous at the idea of trading top rusher C.J. Spiller.

"We have not been contacted by any team about C.J. Spiller," Whaley said before this afternoon's joint practice with the Pittsburgh Steelers at St. Vincent College. "These rumors are news to me."

Then again, Whaley struck a similar tone about receiver Stevie Johnson before sending him to the San Francisco 49ers a few months ago.

Media speculation has had Spiller on the trade block for a few weeks.

He's entering the final year of his contract. The Bills acquired running backs Anthony Dixon in free agency and Bryce Brown in a trade. They recently re-signed Fred Jackson.

"It's exciting, I guess, for you guys because it gives you something to fill the newspaper with," Whaley said. "But, again, no one ... I'll tell you guys, and you know I'm a straight shooter. We have not been contacted by any teams.

"I can probably see where people see our depth at running back and try to connect the dots with teams that don't have depth, but, again, nobody has talked to us."

Talk about a Johnson trade percolated shortly after the 2013 season ended.

Asked about a possible Johnson trade at the wrap-up conference, Whaley said he was "amazed" and "taken aback by the question."

The Bills traded Johnson in May.

  • El Elegante

    Trade him. He won't resign. Remember his face on draft night. He never cracked a smile, looked like he was punched in the gut. Get an LB or a solid back up QB. Browns signed R Grossman and the Dolphins signed Brady Quinn. Both are better than Tuel and what's his name. What is Whaley thinking? His job is basically riding on this season, if they flop, he gave up the 1st next year. He's done. Why is he sitting tight on QB? He has to go at least 9-7 to save his job.

    • WHAT?

      Maybe. On the other hand, he's been saying all the right things about staying in Buffalo, and apparently has a good relationship with Fred Jackson. It's going to be an interesting question for new ownership if he isn't traded.

      • El Elegante

        He may realize the RB FA $ isn't there, but can't see the rest of the NFL not willing to overpay a bit.

  • Polish Prince

    Spiller is not a great option for most teams. He can't run between the tackles and is often injured. He will not attract a trade for a major linebacker or other player for the Defense.

    I think that he works in the Bills Offense and will stay.

  • Jman

    Of course he will say that...but he didn't trade for Bryce Brown for no particular reason.

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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