The Jets have finalized a deal for RB C.J. Spiller and have released RB Knile Davis, Todd Bowles said Wednesday.
The Jets had initially claimed Davis on waivers Tuesday and released RB Troymaine Pope.
Bowles said the Jets plan to use Spiller as a third running back, but he will not likely return kicks. The Jets head coach said he was in meetings when the deal with Spiller went down. As of Wednesday, it's uncertain if Spiller will be ready for Sunday's game.
Spiller, 29, was released by the Seahawks last week. He was with the Bills from 2010-2014 and spent 2015 with the Saints.
Davis was released by the Packers on Monday, just two weeks after the team traded with the Kansas City Chiefs for the running back.
Pope was claimed off waivers from the Seahawks on Sep. 4, and had just one carry for one yard on the season.
It's probably fair to say that neither Davis or Spiller are going to provide huge value to the Jets in terms of on the field production. If anything, maybe Spiller provides them another option in special teams.
Davis was overlooked last year in Kansas City before being shipped off to Green Bay, where he had a golden opportunity to take a fairly sizable role and it failed to materialize. Spiller, on the other hand, offers some similar characteristics to the backs the Jets have in Matt Forte and Bilal Powell, but who still might not see significant time on the field unless they decide to use him extensively as a slot receiver.
So is it weird that the team clearly got their wires crossed by claiming Davis and then agreeing to a deal with Spiller? I get the optics on the matter, but as noted above, Davis isn't much of a prize. So in the end it comes down to Spiller. It might be that the Jets claiming Davis spurred any hesitancy Spiller had to sign with them.
On the balance, I think this team will be better with Spiller than they would've been without him, but it will come down to if/how the Jets actually use him. OC Chan Gailey is familiar with Spiller's game from their time in Buffalo, but his game isn't at the level it once was and Gailey's offense has also changed since then.