The Eagles were able to complete a trade for running back Darren Sproles this offseason, but he reportedly wasn’t the only player they were thinking about adding to the offense.
Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com reports that the team inquired about the availability of Bills running back C.J. Spiller before completing the trade for Sproles. Per Mosher, the Bills had no interest in moving Spiller and nothing happened beyond the initial inquiry.
The Bills’ lack of interest in moving their most dynamic offensive player is easy to understand, as is the Eagles’ interest in adding such a player to their offense. While it wouldn’t be the most obvious move for a team with LeSean McCoy at running back, both players are good receivers who could have been on the field at the same time and Spiller’s return skills would also have fit in Philly.
Those traits would have been especially welcome once DeSean Jackson was released and the reported bid for Spiller may be a sign that moving on from Jackson was on the Eagles’ mind well before they actually pulled the trigger on his departure. All of that will have to remain in the speculation file, though, because Spiller isn’t going to be an Eagle anytime soon.