The New York Jets earlier signed RB Knile Davis off waivers from the Green Bay Packers. They had waived RB Troymaine Pope in order to make room for him. However, now Davis is now going to have to make room for another back, C.J. Spiller.
You're not going to believe this... but the #Jets are planning to release RB Knile Davis (again) as they finalize a deal for RB CJ Spiller.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 1, 2016
He is most familiar to Gang Green from his days with the Buffalo Bills. He was also with the New Orleans Saints and most recently, the Seattle Seahawks, who released him last week with their 3rd rounder back C.J. Prosise being healthy.
Apparently, the team was still negotiating with Spiller when the claim for Davis went through, according to Cimini:
The Jets already were in negotiations with Spiller, but they hadn't received a commitment when Davis became available on waivers, a source said. A few hours after acquiring Davis on waivers, the Jets agreed to terms with Spiller, prompting the decision to release Davis.
I feel bad for Davis obviously. He didn't stick around long with the Packers either after being traded from the Kansas City Chiefs. Acme Packing Company speculates that his release from Green Bay could be to avoid giving up undisclosed draft picks.
As for the choice of Spiller over him, it leaves Gang Green with three similar type backs now, along with Matt Forte and Bilal Powell. They don't have a traditional bruising back like they had with Chris Ivory or could have had with Khiry Robinson. Still, maybe the talent outweighs the type. (Remember when we kept Chauncey Washington over Danny Woodhead?)
What do you think of this choice?