As expected, linebacker
Spikes visited with the team early this month. He spent four years with New England before being shipped to Buffalo, where he posted a career-low in tackles. A switch by the Bills to a 3-4 defense likely would have had Spikes as the odd man out.
The 27-year-old Spikes contributed to an average of 89 tackles in 2012 and 2013 combined with the Patriots, but managed just 54 with Buffalo a year ago.
After just one season out of New England, linebacker
Spikes' numbers took a hit in 2014 with the
"We're going to reach out to him and I'm going to call him when I get back," Whaley said. "Does it fit what we're offering and where he is in his career? We would love to have him back but again, it's got to be a fit on both parts."
Spikes played a part-time, run-stopping role last season for the Bills and if re-signed he would do the same in 2015.
The 27-year-old was a second-round selection by the Patriots in 2010. In his five years in the NFL he has tallied 340 total tackles, two sacks, 15 passes defensed, two interceptions and six forced fumbles.
Via the Bills' official website, general manager Doug Whaley said depth at the position will not allow Spikes to continue playing as a three-down linebacker.
"I just talked to him today and the new staff sees a different role than maybe he does so I told him to see if he can get a team that sees him the way he sees himself,” Whaley said. “If not, come back to us and then we can talk."
The Bills are anticipating the return of Kiko Alonso, who tore his ACL last July. The Bills are also high on linebackers
Spikes recorded 54 tackles and a forced fumble in 2014.
“Brandon is one of my favorite players. We’re going to reach out to his representation and see how he would fit in this new defensive scheme and because of the depth we have whether it would fit how he sees himself as a player," Whaley said. "So it’ll be more of, ‘Hey do you want to come back and be a one or two down player? Or do you want to try to go out and still be an every down player [elsewhere]?’ So that one is going to be a kind of seeing what works for him and what works for us.”
Spikes is scheduled to be a free agent in March. Whaley said that new coach Rex Ryan and his staff "see a different role" for Spikes than he envisions for himself.
Spikes had 54 tackles and a sack last year, his first with the Bills.
|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|
Men's Gray/Navy Blue New England Patriots Super Bowl XLIX Champions Duel Edge Reversible Hoodie Shop Now!