Former Patriots linebacker
Spikes had 86 tackles with the Patriots in 2013.
Spikes appeared on the NFL Network on Friday and said "both sides could benefit from a fresh start." He also added that his injured knee is "100 percent."
Spikes, who had 86 tackles during the 2013 season, was placed on injured reserve in advance of the AFC divisional round in part due to missing a team meeting. Spikes also was dealing with a knee issue during the latter part of the season.
The news comes as no surprise after Spikes questioned the team's decision to place him on injured reserve. Spikes made 134 tackles last season, second-most on the team.
Free agent inside linebacker
The paper expects Spikes, 26, to command a deal similar to the one linebacker Rey Maualuga received last offseason from Cincinnati: two years, $6.5 million.
Spikes has been dealing with knee pain for most of the season, but has been able to play through it. He "had every intention to keep playing throughout the playoffs," according to the statement. Spikes is set to be an unrestricted free-agent once the season ends.
|2010||New England Patriots||12||61||38.0||23||0||1||5||5.0||5||0||3|
|2011||New England Patriots||8||47||32.0||15||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2012||New England Patriots||15||92||57.0||35||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||6|
|2013||New England Patriots||16||86||48.0||38||0||1||3||3.0||3||0||2|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2010||New England Patriots||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||15||0||0||5||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
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