Spiller is able to become a free agent after this season. Speaking to reporters following his first offseason workout Tuesday, Spiller dropped a line that could send shivers down Bills fans' spines. "It's my first rodeo. I'll take advice from guys that have been there before. I'll reach out to Jairus [Byrd] and see how he handled it," Spiller said. "I haven't talked to him. I've seen him this offseason but I will [reach out] eventually." Reported by ESPN.com
As ESPN.com's Mike Rodak reminded readers, Byrd was in negotiations with the Bills for over a year until he signed a lucrative, six-year deal with the New Orleans Saints last month, so he's probably not the first person that Bills fans would want talking to Spiller. Unlike Byrd, who was franchised last offseason and chose not to sign his tender then out the offseason program and most of training camp, Spiller, on the other hand, was with his teammates Tuesday. "The biggest thing is, I'm here. Last year, Byrd and his situation was different and he didn't show up," Spiller said. "But I'm here, ready to work." As for any negotiations, Spiller is in the process of hiring an agent and didn't say when he would like to begin negotiations with the Bills' brass. ... Playing into the contract talks will be the diminished market for free-agent RBs. Not surprisingly, Spiller still sees the position as valuable. "To me, you're always going to need a running back. A quarterback's best friend is the running game," he said. And while fantasy football owners might agree, the NFL hasn't in the past year. Adding to his issues, Spiller's production and playing time dipped from the season prior as he battled an injured ankle. He'll need to stay on the field more this year to have a shot at high-end (whatever that might be for RBs) money.