CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher reports the Eagles tried to trade for Buffalo Bills runningback C.J. Spiller before they acquired Darren Sproles from the New Orleans Saints last month. The Bills had no interest in moving the ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft so the talks never gained enough steam to warrant an offer.
Spiller, 26, is a dynamic weapon out of the backfield. He rushed 202 times for 933 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games last season for Buffalo. He also caught 33 passes out of the backfield for 185 yards in 2013. The former-Clemson Tiger had a career year in 2012 setting career-highs in rushing attempts (207), rushing yards (1,244), rushing touchdowns (6), receptions (43), and receiving yards (459).
Spiller has the makings to be a younger version of Sproles while being more of a threat rushing the football.
Sproles, who turns 31 in June, is one of the most dynamic receiving running backs in the NFL. He had rushed for only 220 yards last season in New Orleans but caught 71 passes for 604 yards and two touchdowns. He has put up 497 or more receiving yards in each of the last five seasons topping 600 yards in each of the last three. In the last three seasons, Sproles has caught seven touchdown passes twice.
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