Veteran linebacker Takeo Spikes was looking for a place to watch the Heat and the Spurs in St. Louis on Tuesday night and it might not be the last time he’s in the market for recommendations for fun around the Gateway Arch in the coming months.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Spikes was in St. Louis to meet with the Rams about the possibility of coming aboard for the 2013 season and that his visit will continue on Wednesday. Spikes was released by the Chargers in March and we haven’t heard much about interest him elsewhere in the league since he left San Diego.
The Rams return James Laurinaitis and Jo-Lonn Dunbar from last year’s starting linebacker group and they drafted Alec Ogletree with one of their two first-round picks to bolster the unit. There’s not much experience among the other players on the roster, something Spikes certainly provides after 15 years in the NFL. While he’s not particularly strong in coverage at this point, Spikes is still a sure tackler and could help a young team as a leader. Spikes, 36, would be the fourth member of the roster over 30 if he does sign with the Rams.
As you may already know, all of that experience does not include any playoff action. Spikes has played 219 games without ever making it to the postseason, which is both a record and a reason for Vegas to knock down the Rams’ Super Bowl odds if Spikes earns a roster spot.