The New York Jets sign running back C.J. Spiller hours after claiming and releasing Knile Davis

Hours after New York claim RB Knile Davis off waivers, Jets announce they release Davis and sign C.J. Spiller.

Florham Park, N.J. - Take a moment to breathe, Jets fans. It has been a whirlwind few hours in Florham Park as the New York Jets made plenty of transactions without trading away any big names. Earlier today it was reported New York claimed running back Knile Davis off waivers from the Green Bay Packers. Several hours later, the team announced they released Davis and signed veteran running back C.J. Spiller

This is strictly a depth signing as Spiller joins Matt Forte (knee) and Bilal Powell (turf toe) in the backfield; both running backs have several bumps and bruises. 

Both Spiller and Davis have had a rollercoaster of emotions the previous few weeks. The Kansas City Chiefs traded the latter on Oct. 18 to the Packers. After appearing in just two games, Davis was put on waivers on Monday and later claimed by the Jets. 

There are reports that say the Jets were in negotiations with Spiller - at the time Davis was available - but did not receive any commitment from the former Seahawk. The uncertainty of the Spiller situation led to New York acquiring Davis on waivers but later released him once Spiller made up his mind. 

Spiller started the season with the New Orleans Saints after signing a four-year, $18 million contract in the offseason- but was released on Sept. 23. If you recall, New York brought in Spiller to workout but both parties ended the day without any deal in place. Spiller signed with the Seattle Seahawks and eventually scored a touchdown against the Jets in Week Four. 

The move also means a reunion for Spiller, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Chan Gailey - all members of the same 2012 Buffalo Bills team. That year, Spiller rushed for 1,244 yards and six touchdowns - his best statistical season. 

In response to the Jets signing Spiller, the team waived rookie running back Troymaine Pope

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