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A.J. Smith says Takeo Spikes will be back


As the San Diego Chargers prepare to potentially overhaul their roster, many have speculated that veteran linebacker Takeo Spikes will be one of several current members of the team to be jettisoned.

Though others likely will be gone, Spikes will be back.  Word to that effect came straight from the man who calls the shots in San Diego:  G.M. A.J. Smith.

“Save yourself some time and ink,” Smith said at the Scouting Combine, according to Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego. “Takeo Spikes isn’t going anywhere.  He will be a Charger this season.  We are very fortunate to have him as part of this situation.  He’s a true professional in every sense of the word and brings a veteran presence in our locker room.”

Spikes, the 13th pick in the 1998 draft, will earn a base salary of $2.875 million in 2012.  He started 16 games in his first season with the Chargers.  Spikes, who played college football at Auburn, spent five seasons with the Bengals, four with the Bills, one with the Eagles, and three with the 49ers.

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13 Responses to “A.J. Smith says Takeo Spikes will be back”
  1. tommyf15 says: Feb 26, 2012 4:42 PM

    Takeo Spikes, Hall of Famer?

    I’ll say no, but he’s had a long, productive career. Very underrated for a long time IMO.

  2. johanneschimpo says: Feb 26, 2012 4:54 PM

    Nice move, he was money this year and he’s not expensive.

  3. howmanyringsyourteamgot says: Feb 26, 2012 5:01 PM

    And once again the Chargers will miss the playoffs as the TKO streak of teams he plays on not making the postseason stretches to 15 seasons

  4. razic3k says: Feb 26, 2012 5:19 PM

    as a chargers fan, this is another misstep by that dumb/damned front office

    takeo spikes is horrible and they need to boot him along with everyone that came from the 49ers

  5. oldbyrd says: Feb 26, 2012 5:30 PM

    Still far better than anything the Eagles have. Reid let him go and bought in Casey Matthews. How”d that work for them?

  6. rajbais says: Feb 26, 2012 5:36 PM

    Ahem … if he’s takes a cheap salary!!!

  7. nyyjetsknicks says: Feb 26, 2012 5:42 PM

    Pretty crazy he never played in any playoff games.

  8. mrgroovesd says: Feb 26, 2012 5:45 PM

    I hope they bring him in for situational plays and not have him in every down. The team needs to get some depth soon. But we’re talking about AJ here…

  9. blacknole08 says: Feb 26, 2012 6:35 PM

    I would at least like to see Takeo Spikes play in one playoff game before he hangs it up. I remember when he first signed with the Bills (after they got Bledsoe from the Pats) and was excited about finally playing on a playoff team (after all the years in exile in Cincy). This is probably his last year though :/

  10. 1phd says: Feb 26, 2012 6:50 PM

    Isn’t that just like AJ, let the real winners go and glam onto the inexpensive, over the hill gang. Chargers are destined for failure, yet again.

  11. tomsd1 says: Feb 26, 2012 11:10 PM

    W O W. Another mega move by the Lord of NO Rings.

  12. mrnickles says: Feb 26, 2012 11:15 PM

    So you’re saying the Chargers won’t be headed to the playoffs this season? Got it.

  13. trodriguez89 says: Feb 27, 2012 7:34 PM

    Nice guy but too old now, there’s a reason Niners cut him, plus happy with Bowman

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