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Raiders' McClain Signing Should Speed Up Spiller Negotiations

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Late last night, the Oakland Raiders announced that the team had agreed to terms with their first-round pick, linebacker Rolando McClain. Selected No. 8 overall in April's NFL Draft, McClain was selected just one spot ahead of Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller.

Adam Schefter reports that McClain's deal is for five years, $40 million, and includes $23 million in guarantees. That's in comparison to last year's No. 8 pick, Eugene Monroe, who signed for five years, $35.4 million, with $19 million guaranteed. That's a pretty massive increase in salary and guaranteed money from year to year, and Spiller's increases could be similar over B.J. Raji's five-year, $28.5 million, $18.5 million guaranteed deal.

Yesterday, Bills GM Buddy Nix informed assembled media at St. John Fisher College that the Bills had been talking with Spiller's agent, Gary Wichard, and that "things were moving."

"We're still working on it," Nix said. "Things are moving, but no guarantees. Nothing really at this time. When you're talking, things are starting to work, and other first rounders are starting to fall, so that'll help us."

The next two deals to fall that would help the Spiller negotiations - should he continue to wait for the slotting process to fully develop - are Jaguars DT Tyson Alualu (No. 10 overall) and Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (No. 12).