C.J. Spiller signs with Saints, per ESPN report

C.J. Spiller, left, seen here in a 2013 training camp photo with the Buffalo Bills, has reportedly signed a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

CLEMSON – C.J. Spiller is marching into the second stage of his NFL career.

The former Clemson All-American running back is signing a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints after five years with the Buffalo Bills, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday afternoon.

Schefter later reported the contract terms are 4 years, $18 million with $9 million guaranteed. Spiller’s rookie contract, which was signed before the new college bargaining agreement, was worth $25 million over five years.

Spiller, 27, rushed for 3,321 yards (5.0 per carry) and racked up 1,195 receiving yards with a total of 20 touchdowns in 70 games with the Bills. He was Buffalo’s first-round NFL Draft pick in 2010 - at No. 9, he’s the seventh-highest selection in Clemson history.

The teaming of Spiller and rookie receiver Sammy Watkins, another former Clemson All-American, lasted just nine games – the nine games Spiller played in 2014, his lowest career output due to injuries.

New Orleans (7-9 in 2014) also has Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson at the running back position.