The New Orleans Saints cut C.J. Spiller yesterday, and like just about every tackler he faced, he admitted that he “didn’t see it coming.”
I’m going to go ahead and say, maybe you should have seen it coming, C.J.. Because your first hint was the fact that you weren’t on the active roster for Sunday’s game against the Raiders. When you’re not one of the top five running backs on the roster, it’s a sign that things aren’t going so well for you.
When Travaris Cadet from App State is taking your roster spot, you might want to think about packing your bags. Because the Saints didn’t sign you to a 4-year, $16 million contract last year to battle with Travaris Cadet for the fifth running back spot. And it’s not like the four guys ahead of him are Pro Bowl locks. We’re talking about Mark Ingram, Tim Hightower, Marcus Murphy, and rookie Daniel Lasco. Not exactly Gale Sayers and John Riggins. Especially when Spiller was supposed to be Reggie Bush or Darren Sproles. And that didn’t happen. It didn’t even come close.
This guy was supposed to be the perfect fit. Which is why fantasy owners were freaking out about him going to New Orleans. Pro Bowler. Former first rounder who had a 1,700 yard season back in 2012. Crazy speed on the Superdome turf with Drew Brees and a high-scoring offense. Combine Spiller’s ability to take it to the house with Sean Payton’s play calling, and look out.
This was supposed to be a match made in heaven. And instead it was fantasy hell.
Because it should’ve worked out better than it did. And just when you were about to cut him, you’d think, wait, he’s bound to break out. They can’t keep him under wraps this long. Something big is about to happen. What if this is the week that he does and I’ve got him on my bench? So you’d keep him in your lineup and he’d keep on giving you nothing.
You think you were pissed that you wasted a pick on him in fantasy last year? The Saints ended up paying him 9 million bucks for a total of 351 yards and 2 touchdowns. And your pissed?!.
They finally did what fantasy owners should’ve done, cut him. I’m not sure how you didn’t see it coming, C.J., because the rest of us did.