The Jets plan to waive running back Knile Davis and sign free agent running back C.J. Spiller after 4 p.m. Wednesday, two league sources confirmed to NJ Advance Media on Tuesday.
Earlier Tuesday, the Jets claimed Davis off waivers from the Packers. The Jets had been in contract talks with Spiller, but had not yet received a commitment from him. When Davis became available, they claimed him as a backup plan.
But now, Spiller is going to sign with the Jets, and Davis is gone, before he really even arrived. Davis was just traded last month from the Chiefs to the Packers, and he spent only two weeks in Green Bay.
The Jets had released running back Troymaine Pope to make room for their waiver claim of Davis, who also has a track record as a kickoff returner, as does Spiller.
Pope had been the Jets’ No. 3 running back, behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell. Then Davis was set to take over that role. Now, Spiller will.
Forte is 30 years old, and has a lot of mileage on his body. Lately, he has been dealing with a lingering knee issue. Powell is battling a turf toe injury.
The Bills drafted Spiller, 29, ninth overall in 2010. He played for them from 2010-14, launching his career under Chan Gailey, who was then the Bills’ head coach (from 2010-12) and is now the Jets’ offensive coordinator.
Spiller signed with the Saints before the 2015 season and was released this September. He then signed with Seattle, which released him last week.
Before Spiller signed with the Seahawks, during his two-week free agency period in September, he worked out for the Jets. And now, he will play for them.
The Jets releasing Davis to sign Spiller was first reported by NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
Largely because of the Gailey connection, Spiller and the Jets were linked in free agency before the 2015 season, when Spiller wound up signing with the Saints.
Spiller looked good in his first four seasons, and he made the Pro Bowl in 2012. But his production has declined since that 2010-13 run in Buffalo.
For his career, Spiller has 707 rushes for 3,442 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has 197 catches for 1,477 yards and nine touchdowns.
During that 2010-13 stretch with the Bills, Spiller had 590 rushes for 3,021 yards and 12 touchdowns, plus 139 catches for 1,070 yards and five touchdowns.