Spiller on being released: "didn't see it coming"


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Spiller will be looking for his next NFL team (Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Clemson standout C.J. Spiller was released by the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday and was a little blindsided by the move.

"I definitely didn’t see it coming," Spiller told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Tuesday evening. "I was going about my regular Tuesday recovery day when everything happened. It’s the first week, but I guess that's why you have to expect the unexpected."

Spiller left on acceptable terms with Saints' management as he now tries to find out his next step in his professional football career.

"But you know what, I leave on good terms. This organization really believed in me during free agency. They gave me another opportunity when my contract was up in Buffalo. I have nothing but good relationships that I have built here. It’s a first class organization that gives the players everything they need to be successful. So, I definitely don’t have any hard feelings. Now, I’m just going to wait for the next right opportunity. I still have a lot of football left in me. I'm pretty sure in the next day or so, me and my agent will start getting in to it."

He finished his injury-plagued 2015 NFL season with 36 carries for 112 yards and 34 catches (on 44 targets) for 239 yards and two receiving touchdowns. For his NFL career with the Bills and Saints, Spiller had 704 rushes for 3,433 yards and 12 scores.

He signed a four-year, $16 million deal last offseason as a free agent. Since his salary has already been paid for 2016, his next salary this season will more than likely be the league minimum.

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