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Brandon Spikes | Linebacker

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 255
College: Florida
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Bills agreed to terms with ILB Brandon Spikes, formerly of the Patriots, on a one-year, $3.25 million deal.
The Bills foreshadowed this signing when they announced second-year LB Kiko Alonso would move to weak-side linebacker, clearing the way for Spikes to man the middle. Spikes, one of the best run-stuffing linebackers in the league, will provide a solid anchor in the middle of the Bills' new 4-3 scheme. He's not an every-down player, so Spikes could be a disappointment in 2014 IDP leagues. Expect Alonso to continue to be Buffalo's stat-monster linebacker. Mar 14 - 10:49 PM

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Free agent ILB Brandon Spikes visited the Bills on Friday.

It's Spikes' first-known visit of free agency. With the Bills ready to move Kiko Alonso to weak-side linebacker, Spikes would man the middle. He's one of the league's better run-stopping linebackers.
Mar 14 - 12:22 PM

Free agent ILB Brandon Spikes (knee) says he's 100 percent healthy.

Spikes ended the season on injured reserve with a knee injury but didn't need surgery. He'll be full go for OTAs and minicamp with whichever team he's playing with next. It won't be the Patriots, as Spikes said both sides could "benefit from a fresh start." Spikes is just 26 and is a top-notch run defender.
Mar 7 - 9:48 AM

The Patriots have had no negotiations with free agent MLB Brandon Spikes this offseason, as expected.

The Patriots aren't even going to make an effort to bring back Spikes, who has consistently ruffled feathers in New England with a lack of professionalism. On the field, he's been a strong run defender and is just 26 years old. Spikes is going to have a solid market come March 11.
Mar 3 - 12:28 PM

The Boston Herald agrees with ESPN Boston that the Patriots will not re-sign free agent MLB Brandon Spikes.

Beat writer Jeff Howe expects Spikes to command "Rey Maualuga money," or about $6.5 million over two years. (Maualuga and Spikes have the same agent.) Spikes is a strong run defender, but can't function on passing downs and lost "his greatest ally" when LBs coach Pepper Johnson left to take the defensive line coaching job in Buffalo. 26 years old, Spikes is Rotoworld's No. 3 free agent inside linebacker behind Donald Butler and Karlos Dansby.
Feb 9 - 2:52 PM

Patriots MLB Brandon Spikes (injured reserve) will not need offseason knee surgery.

Spikes suffered a PCL injury and was placed on injured reserve last week. There was a report that New England put Spikes on I.R. because he was late to a practice, but we find that hard to believe. He's a premier run-stopping linebacker. Spikes, an impending free agent, isn't expected to re-sign with the Pats. Donta' Hightower and Jamie Collins filled in admirably Saturday against the Colts.
Jan 13 - 9:31 PM

Per ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss, it would be a "major surprise" if the Patriots re-signed free agent ILB Brandon Spikes.

Spikes has been a stout inside run thumper, but earned something of a knucklehead reputation in four years with New England and will likely command more money than the Patriots are willing to spend. He also does not play in passing downs. Spikes was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury before the Divisional Round. He's expected to require offseason surgery.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jan 13 - 2:31 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Patriots placed MLB Brandon Spikes (knee) on injured reserve partly because he was late to practice last Friday.

Spikes had been battling a ligament issue in his knee for weeks before he was sent to I.R., so it comes as no surprise that there was more to this story. However, it's hard to believe the missed practice played a major role in the decision. The Patriots are aiming for a Super Bowl, and Spikes is their top run defender. It just happened to be the final straw. Spikes will collect his playoff pay and then head for free agency. He's our No. 3 available free-agent inside linebacker.
Jan 11 - 12:22 PM

Patriots ILB Brandon Spikes (injured reserve) is expected to undergo offseason knee surgery.

Per the Boston Globe, Spikes has been battling a ligament problem "for weeks." It's a concern that Spikes will now need the operation before he enters free agency. One of the NFL's premier interior run-thumpers, a healthy Spikes would be a top-five free agent inside linebacker. Others free-agent ILB eligibles include Donald Butler, Karlos Dansby, Jon Beason, and Daryl Smith.
Jan 6 - 5:07 PM

Patriots placed MLB Brandon Spikes (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Spikes has been on and off the injury report all year with knee ailment, but there was never any indication his season wound end. The Patriots figure to turn to special teamer Dane Fletcher at middle linebacker, though they could wind up playing a lot of nickel and dime sub-packages instead, getting an extra safety on the field. Either way, losing Spikes is a blow to New England's already suspect run defense. He is a wood-laying hammer inside.
Jan 6 - 4:31 PM

Patriots MLB Brandon Spikes has been downgraded from probable to questionable for Sunday night's game due to a knee injury.

Game-day downgrades are never a good sign. It could be a good sign for Knowshon Moreno's Week 12 fantasy prospects, however, as Spikes is a beastly run defender. New England is already without critical DTs Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly, and WLB Jerod Mayo due to season-ending injuries.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 10:25:00 AM

Patriots MLB Brandon Spikes reported for the start of mandatory minicamp Monday.

Spikes was a no-show for OTAs as he worked out on his own, but a source insists his absence wasn't a protest as he heads into the final year of his rookie contract. Spikes would have been subject to heavy fines for missing minicamp, so it was always expected that he would report. Spikes followed the same routine last offseason en route to a breakout year.
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 09:10:00 AM

Patriots MLB Brandon Spikes is skipping OTAs in favor of working on his athleticism individually.

Spikes has been training at Bommarito Performance Systems in Florida, working on his agility and overall athleticism. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport indicates Spikes wants to be viewed as a three-down linebacker heading into a contract year. There have been questions about his athleticism since entering the league, but Spikes' instincts have enabled him to be a stud against the run. Any added quickness should only boost his game.
Thu, May 30, 2013 07:38:00 PM

The Boston Globe doesn't expect Patriots MLB Brandon Spikes to skip mandatory minicamp next month.

Spikes, entering the final year of his rookie deal, hasn't been "seen much" around the team facility, and he's also been a no-show for "voluntary" OTAs. Minicamp starts on June 11, and training camp kicks off in late July. The Patriots aren't expected to pursue a long-term deal with Spikes this summer.
Sun, May 26, 2013 09:56:00 AM

CSN New England expects the Patriots and MLB Brandon Spikes to "part ways" after 2013.

Spikes is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and he hasn't participated in the conditioning phase or OTAs. Spikes is a stud against the run, but needs to cut down on penalties. If Spikes does reach 2014 free agency, he'll be a hot item as a ferocious downhill run plugger at age 26.
Wed, May 22, 2013 10:07:00 AM

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