Photos of Kenny Stills from the 2014 season. Photos by Michael C. Hebert. (New Orleans Saints photos)
The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent running back C.J. Spiller on a four-year contract, traded wide receiver Kenny Stills to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for LB Dannell Ellerbe and Miami's 2015 third round draft pick and have waived DB Corey White. The announcements were made by Saints' Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
Spiller, 5-11, 200 pounds, is a five-year NFL veteran who was the ninth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills out of Clemson. In five seasons in Buffalo, Spiller appeared in 70 games with 36 starts and carried 668 times for 3,321 yards (5.0 avg.) with 12 touchdowns. He caught 158 passes for 1,195 yards with six touchdowns. On special teams, Spiller returned 16 punts for 302 yards (12.1 avg.) and has brought back 60 kickoffs for 1,463 yards (24.4 avg.) with two touchdowns.
In 2014, Spiller appeared in nine games with five starts for the Bills and carried 78 times for 300 yards, caught 19 passes for 125 yards with one touchdown and brought back 10 kickoffs for 306 yards (30.6 avg.) with one touchdown. He was sidelined for seven games with a collarbone injury.
Spiller, a native of Lake Butler, Fla., enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2012 when he played in all 16 games with nine starts and carried 207 times for 1,244 yards (6.0 avg.) with six touchdowns and also tallied 459 receiving yards on 43 catches with two scoring grabs. He finished third in the NFL in yards per carry, sixth in total yards from scrimmage (1,703) and eighth in rushing yards and was selected to the Pro Bowl.
At Clemson, Spiller led the Atlantic Coast Conference in all-purpose yards with 7,588 in his career, finishing second in NCAA Division I history and tied an all-time NCAA record with eight kickoff return touchdowns. As a senior in 2009, he became the first player in conference history with at least 1,000 yards rushing (1,212) and 500 receiving (503) in the same season.
Ellerbe (6-1, 245 pounds), is a six-year NFL veteran who was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Baltimore Ravens in 2009 out of Georgia and has played for the Ravens (2009-12) and the Dolphins (2013-14). He has appeared in 62 career games with 30 starts and has posted career totals of 273 tackles (203 solo), 6.5 sacks, three interceptions, nine passes defensed, a forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. He started Miami's 2014 season opener before being placed on Injured Reserve.
Stills is a two-year NFL veteran who was selected by New Orleans in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft (144th overall). In two seasons, he's appeared in 31 games with 16 starts and has recorded career totals of 95 receptions for 1,572 yards (16.5 avg.) and eight touchdowns. In 2014, he posted 63 grabs for a team-high 931 yards (14.8 avg.) and three touchdowns.
White is a three-year NFL veteran who was selected by New Orleans in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft (162nd overall). In three seasons, he played in 41 games with 19 starts and posted 128 tackles (104 solo), one sack, four interceptions, 19 passes defensed, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, seven special teams stops and one coverage forced fumble. In 2014, he appeared in 15 games and started nine at cornerback and finished with 54 tackles (46 solo), one sack, two interceptions, nine passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one coverage stop.