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Doug Whaley on C.J. Spiller trade talk: 'These rumors are news to me'

LATROBE, Pa. -- Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley seemed incredulous at the idea of trading top rusher C.J. Spiller.

"We have not been contacted by any team about C.J. Spiller," Whaley said before this afternoon's joint practice with the Pittsburgh Steelers at St. Vincent College. "These rumors are news to me."

Then again, Whaley struck a similar tone about receiver Stevie Johnson before sending him to the San Francisco 49ers a few months ago.

Media speculation has had Spiller on the trade block for a few weeks.

He's entering the final year of his contract. The Bills acquired running backs Anthony Dixon in free agency and Bryce Brown in a trade. They recently re-signed Fred Jackson.

"It's exciting, I guess, for you guys because it gives you something to fill the newspaper with," Whaley said. "But, again, no one ... I'll tell you guys, and you know I'm a straight shooter. We have not been contacted by any teams.

"I can probably see where people see our depth at running back and try to connect the dots with teams that don't have depth, but, again, nobody has talked to us."

Talk about a Johnson trade percolated shortly after the 2013 season ended.

Asked about a possible Johnson trade at the wrap-up conference, Whaley said he was "amazed" and "taken aback by the question."

The Bills traded Johnson in May.

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