Buffalo Bills 2010 Training Camp: C.J. Spiller Contract Update

Greg HaefnerSenior Analyst IAugust 2, 2010

Ever since he got into OTAs and minicamps, reports about C.J. Spiller's skill set and play have been great.

Reports about his contract negotiations with the Bills, however, have been the exact opposite.

It seems like every time a news report comes out regarding Spiller's contract, it is to let Bills fans know that they should expect Spiller to miss a solid chunk of training camp.

Right now, those reports are being proven correct.

In an interview with Sporting News on July 12, Spiller responded to a question from writer Clifton Brown about whether it was important to sign a contract before training camp by answering:

"I let my agent handle all of that. We're not going to rush. We're going to make sure we cross our T's and dot our I's, however long the process takes. I just have to be patient. I can't get antsy about the situation. I've talked to a lot of veteran guys. My teammates aren't concerned about me holding out. They know that I want to be there, but at the end of the day it's a business. You have to do what's best for your family. It was good to get that support from veteran guys already — before negotiations have heated up."

That was Spiller's first hint. On July 28th, Steve Wyche tweeted that a source told him that Spiller's contract "could take a while." That was one day before training camp, giving off the impression that Spiller would in fact hold out.

Perhaps the worst news for Bills fans came on July 31, when all-knowing NFL guru Adam Schefter predicted on Twitter that Spiller would be the last of the first-round picks to sign.

With no good news so far on the contract negotiations between Spiller and the Bills, it looks like it could be a while before fans get to see their team's first-round pick in action with the pads on.