C.J. Spiller exits New Orleans with $9 million for 13 games

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A full 18 months after running back C.J. Spiller became a Saint, he exits with $9 million in his pockets — and 13 total games of service.

Given his status on the depth chart during the offseason, training camp, and the preseason, some believed Spiller wouldn’t make it to the 53-man roster. But since his salary for 2016 already was fully-guaranteed, there was no reason for the Saints to dump Spiller before Week One, when his contract would have essentially become guaranteed, if it wasn’t already.

He has a $1.7 million 2016 salary, which with one game check earned means that $1.6 million remains. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the contract includes offset language. Thus, the Saints will get credit for the first $1.6 million he earns in 2016 salary elsewhere.

In all, Spiller has received a $5 million signing bonus, a $750,000 base salary in 2015, and a $1.55 million roster bonus in March. He had 112 yards rushing, 239 yards receiving, and two total touchdowns in 2015. Those numbers include a game-winning, 80-yard catch-and-run in overtime against the Cowboys.

The former top-1o pick of the Bills turned 29 last month, but still has plenty of talent and tread on the tires. Another team surely will give him a chance to display the speed and productivity that resulted in more than 1,700 yards from scrimmage in 2012.

16 responses to “C.J. Spiller exits New Orleans with $9 million for 13 games

  1. 2012 might as well have been twenty years ago in NFL years. He’ll latch on with someone and then immediately get injured.

  2. “But since his salary for 2016 already was fully-guaranteed, there was no reason for the Saints to dump Spiller before Week One”
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    No reason? He took the roster spot of somebody who they might actually have wanted to keep. And it’s not even like they wanted to take one final look at him in a real game because he was a healthy scratch. They literally cut somebody else so he could have a roster spot for a week without ever playing.

  3. Said it before and I’ll say it again – worst front office in the league right now. Galette, Byrd, brees, the list goes on and on. Almost like the new Redskins – go to NO for an easy payday. Good luck.

  4. and he’s a guarnteed contract through 2017 on my fantasy keeper team.. so thats nice…But, on the bright side, I am absolutely loaded at WR with Amari, mike avan,s jordy, and ODB.

  5. Lets make the NFL simple! Pre Set Rookie Contracts by their College stats PER SNAPS PLAYED, for their first 3 years supported by the going player pay. From there a player is to be payed as his play supports, non starters by the league average.
    Get rid of the Lawyers ahem “Agents”.
    This Story might be funny to some but the FANS of this League are the true Victim of GREED by both Players AND owners, This keeps Players from Hi-Jacking teams AND it
    is fair to players who play multiple positions like Special Teams who do the dirty work and put their health at risk and not get either praise OR pay they deserve!
    I remember my Dad taking me to games in the 60’s and 70’s where $40-50.00 was MORE than enough money for all of us now it takes an average Family half a paycheck to take a family to a game! (If you don’t eat or drink anything)…..

  6. trevor123698… you may have a good fantasy wr list (assuming I can interpret your spelling) but your literacy is rock bottom.

  7. He rarely had opportunity to play, but when he did he seemed like he still had something in the tank. Strange. He got put in last season early in an overtime game and took a wheel route 80 yards for the game winner, then he never played again? Something doesn’t add up

  8. “Said it before and I’ll say it again – worst front office in the league right now. Galette, Byrd, brees, the list goes on and on. Almost like the new Redskins – go to NO for an easy payday. Good luck.”
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    amfa121, I don’t agree with your bottom line assessment of “worst front office” but I was going to let it go until you mentioned Brees. I suggest you look at his performance. And that includes week 1 of 2016 – off the top of my head, 440 yds, 4 TD, 0 INT, QBR about 136. Sure, some glaring mistakes have been made by the NO front office but Brees isn’t in that number.

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