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Buffalo Bills, C.J. Spiller have begun contract negotiations

Now that Bills running back C.J. Spiller has an agent, the team has already begun the process of trying to lock him up on a long-term deal.

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Speaking Tuesday morning on WGR 550's The Howard Simon Show, Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley told the titular host that the team has gotten the ball rolling on contract negotiations with running back C.J. Spiller.

Spiller, who had not had an agent in three years since his rookie-year representation, Gary Wichard, passed away in 2011, announced on August 31 that he had signed on with a3 Athletics, who represent Chiefs safety Eric Berry and a slew of other veterans, including Bills defensive end Jarius Wynn.

Since then, Whaley and the Bills have had a sit-down meeting with Spiller's camp, and told Simon that keeping Spiller long-term is a goal for the organization.

Spiller was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, and over the past three seasons has teamed up with Fred Jackson to form one of the more productive running back tandems in football. He began the 2014 season, his fifth in the league, with 93 all-purpose yards and a touchdown in Sunday's overtime win over the Chicago Bears.