After releasing Reggie Bush, the Detroit Lions have a hole to fill at running back. One way to go about filling that hole is by pursuing a running back in free agency, and if the Lions want someone to take on Bush's previous role, there may be no better option than C.J. Spiller, who isn't going to return to the Buffalo Bills.
As it turns out, the Lions are reportedly one of several teams interested in Spiller.
I certainly get why the Lions would be interested in Spiller. He's averaged 5.0 yards per carry during his career, and he is an electrifying player. In a sense, he's really a younger version of Bush.
Spiller is also quite similar to Bush in that he hasn't necessarily shown a consistent ability to stay healthy. Last season, for example, he only played in nine games, and he only ran for 300 yards on 78 carries as a result. His lone touchdown came through the air rather than on the ground. And over the course of his entire five-year career, he's played in all 16 games only twice. (He played in 14 games in 2010 and 15 games in 2013.)
Spiller to Detroit seems even more unlikely when you consider this report:
I can't imagine the Lions dumped Bush just to go out and spend even more money on a 27-year-old running back with injury concerns, especially with how deep the draft is this year at that position. If the Lions want to add another running back to the mix, there are several guys they could consider in the second or third round (or perhaps even later). But spending a bunch of money on a player like Spiller in free agency? I just have a tough time believing the Lions have interest in doing that.