It's been a busy, but ultimately disappointing free agency so far for the New England Patriots.
Apart from managing to re-sign star safety Devin McCourty, there's been no big incoming news for Patriots fans. Instead, they've had to put up with an ever-growing list of departures that has seen Darrelle Revis, Shane Vereen and Vince Wilfork leave Foxboro, with Brandon Browner likely to join that list.
There could be some good news on the horizon however, with a potential replacement for Vereen reportedly interesting Bill Belichick.
According to a report from NFL.com's NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, the Patriots have inquired into the availability of Buffalo Bills running back C.J Spiller who is currently a free agent.
A potential problem point could well be the size of the contract however. If the Patriots only see Spiller as a third down running back - as has been reported in other places - he will be paid as a bit part player.
If Spiller feels that he can be a much more important asset to another franchise, one without the talents of LeGarrette Blount, Jonas Gray and Stevan Ridley for example, he would surely be making more money.
Spiller carried the ball 78 times for 300 yards in an injury-shortened 2014 season, and also had 19 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown. Spiller was placed on injured reserve after nine games with a collarbone injury.
Spiller’s best season came in 2012, when he had 1,244 yards and six touchdowns on the ground and 43 catches for 459 yards with two scores.