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C.J. Spiller hires agent; Buffalo Bills can begin contract negotiations

Now that C.J. Spiller has an agent for the first time in over three years, the Bills can attempt to negotiate a new contract with their top running back, if they so choose.

Vaughn Ridley

Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller announced on Friday that he has hired an agent.

Spiller, the former first-round draft pick in 2010 that is entering the fifth and likely final year of his rookie deal (he has an opt-out clause, but is technically under contract through the end of the 2015 season), hasn't had an agent in more than three years. The agent he signed with coming out of Clemson, Gary Wichard, passed away in March of 2011, between Spiller's first and second pro seasons.

Since then, Spiller has established himself as the Bills' top tailback, accumulating 2,821 total yards from scrimmage in his last two seasons and pairing with veteran Fred Jackson to form one of the league's more formidable backfield duos. Jackson, 33, signed a one-year contract extension last month, and seems destined to retire a Bill. Whether or not he does so with Spiller as a teammate remains to be seen, but now that Spiller has an agent, the team can attempt to begin contract negotiations whenever they see fit.