The Buffalo Bills have begun to strap on the helmets and pads, and we’ve even seen tempers flare in the early stages of training camp. What we haven’t seen, however, is the Bills’ shiny new toy, first round draft choice C.J. Spiller and the excitement he brings each time he gets his hands on a football.
Four days have come and gone, and Spiller remains unsigned and off the practice field. He’s now the lone first round selection who hasn’t signed in the AFC East, as the New York Jets and defensive back Kyle Wilson have agreed on a five-year deal on the eve of Jets training camp. Miami and DT Jared Odrick previously came to terms, as did New England and their first round choice, DB Devin McCourty.
While Spiller’s absence is noticeable, it’s hopeful that he won’t remain absent from training camp for nearly as long as Aaron Maybin was a year ago. Maybin, who was the Bills’ first round choice in 2009, missed four weeks of training camp that amounted to 24 practices and two preseason games.
Spiller is just one of six first-round picks without a contract. He joins Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh (No.2 pick), Seattle’s Russell Okung (6th pick), Cincinnati’s Jermaine Gresham (21st pick), Arizona’s Dan Williams (26th pick) and Indianapolis’ Jerry Hughes (31nd pick).