Last week, the Green Bay Packers brought running back C.J. Spiller in for a visit. Yesterday, the free agent signed with the Seattle Seahawks.
The question is, did the Packers make a mistake by not signing Spiller, who was cut by the New Orleans Saints.
For Green Bay the move seemed like a good fit. The Packers only have two backs on the roster right now, Eddie Lacy and James Starks.
Lacy has looked very good this season and just rushed for more than 100 yards in a win over the Lions. Starks, on the other hand, has struggled, gaining just nine yards on 12 carries.
Starks also hasn’t made an impact in the passing game as a receiver, which was a strength of his a season ago.
Now, this isn’t to say that Spiller would have come in and made a huge impact. Lacy is the obvious starter, but Spiller could have pushed Starks and even complemented him as a backup to Lacy.
Spiller hasn’t run well his past two seasons, averaging 3.5 per carry or less with the Bills and Saints the last two seasons. But, he can be electrifying and can even help in the return game.
Spiller has talent and with a team like the Packers and a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers, who has never had a skilled receiving back, it would have been a perfect fit.
Seattle chose to take a chance on Spiller’s talent. If it doesn’t work out, oh well. No harm, no foul. If it does, it could payoff in a big way.
Certainly, the Packers had other roster considerations in mind and maybe that’s why they passed.
The Packers rarely sign outside veterans, especially during the season. It has hurt them before, hopefully, this time, it doesn’t.