NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported Spiller would sign with the Jets after the team released Knile Davis on Tuesday. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News confirmed Spiller would be going to New York.
Spiller appeared in two games for the Seattle Seahawks earlier in the season while the team was working through some backfield injury woes. While the Clemson product didn't receive much playing time, he did score a touchdown—an eight-yard reception—on one of his eight touches.
The versatile 29-year-old playmaker never lived up to the hype after the Buffalo Bills used the ninth overall selection on him in the 2010 draft. He only rushed for more than 1,000 yards once and struggled to stay healthy when asked to handle a heavy workload due to his slender frame.
Spiller, who started the campaign with the New Orleans Saints before getting released after being inactive in Week 1, isn't ready to walk away from the game, though. Stephen Cohen of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer passed along the back's comments on that subject after signing with the Seahawks.
"I knew I wasn't moving on. That's why I didn't put in my retirement papers," Spiller said. "So I knew that the opportunity would present itself again. But to me it was all about making the right opportunity—not rushing anything, making sure that it would be a great fit, both as a player and as a person."
At this stage, he's best served playing mostly in passing situations on third down. He doesn't have the burst to make plays consistently between the tackles in the running game, but he can still make people miss coming out of the backfield as a receiver.
That said, the fact he couldn't make much of an impact while the Seahawks were working hard to find backfield depth does raise concerns about his current skill set.
Ultimately, the Jets decided to give Spiller another opportunity, but his chance to impress the coaching staff could be short, as was the case in Seattle. He'll likely need to excel in a niche role at the outset in order to stick on the roster for the rest of the season.
Their rushing attack has been a mixed bag this season. Matt Forte is not providing much out of the backfield with 3.5 yards per carry. Bilal Powell has been the hero of the group with 213 rushing yards on 30 carries and 159 receiving yards on 25 receptions.
Although Spiller isn't the type of player who's going to step right in and start getting 25 touches per game, he should at least bring some added stability to the situation. And his role could expand if he's able to bring some energy to the offense in his first few weeks.