As soon as the Jets hired Chan Gailey as their offensive coordinator C.J. Spiller, who had his most productive season playing for Gailey, immediately expressed an interest with reuniting with his old coach in New York. Now it appears the interest is mutual.

Kristian Dyer of Metro New York is reporting that the Jets are expected to “go hard after” Spiller once free agency opens up. Quoting a league source Dyer says “Spiller will be one of the players the Jets pursue. Not just kick the tires on, but pursue. Chan Gailey would like him here in New York. He’s the pass catching option out of the backfield that the Jets need for this offense and he’s a playmaker.”

With Bilal Powell hitting free agency and the team recently releasing Chris Johnson the Jets need another running back to pair with Chris Ivory in the backfield. When healthy Spiller is an electrifying back who is a dangerous weapon, both as a runner and a receiver, but of course he’s not always healthy.

Spiller is set to turn 28-years-old in August and with his long list of previous injuries combined with the devaluing of running backs league-wide Spiller is unlikely to command big money. There will surely be some sort of market for him outside of the Jets but the competition shouldn’t be all that fierce.

If the Jets really want Spiller than they will almost certainly get Spiller. They easily have the money to make sure they are the highest bidder and chances are no one else is going to bid higher than the Jets will be willing to go.

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