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Bills bring Brandon Spikes in for a visit

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Some things just make too much sense to not work out.

As we mentioned this morning with the news that Kiko Alonso was moving to outside linebacker, Patriots free agent Brandon Spikes seemed like a natural fit to play the vacated middle.

Now, Spikes is in the building.

According to Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News, Spikes and running back Anthony Dixon are visiting the Bills today.

Spikes seems to be more of the kind of linebacker they want in the middle, a bigger player more suited to play the run. He also has the benefit of divisional familiarity, and a little motivation after the Patriots let him walk into free agency.

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30 Responses to “Bills bring Brandon Spikes in for a visit”
  1. flash1283 says: Mar 14, 2014 12:26 PM

    It’s a passing league, he can’t cover.

  2. saudishot says: Mar 14, 2014 12:26 PM

    Motivation for letting him walk? He had zero desire to be back with the Patriots.

  3. realnflmaster says: Mar 14, 2014 12:28 PM

    “Take a look at our outdated facilities, Brandon. For off field activities we have Dave and Busters, the Sabres and….that’s about it.”

    “Yes, we’ll be in London soon.”

  4. Please Ban TheStrategyExpert From Posting says: Mar 14, 2014 12:29 PM

    Please, please, please.

  5. jnbnet says: Mar 14, 2014 12:29 PM

    Spikes would be a good addition to the Bills. I hate to see him go, but the Patriots have other needs. I wish him well even if he does go to a division rival.

  6. Obama's Ballsack says: Mar 14, 2014 12:31 PM

    They will just use Vereen instead of Ridley. The Bills are trash.

  7. warroominsider says: Mar 14, 2014 12:32 PM

    If he can’t shovel his car out of the snow in Foxboro to make it to practice on time, then how does he plan on doing it in BUFFALO?!?!

  8. corkspop says: Mar 14, 2014 12:34 PM

    If you really think Alonso is better on the outside….. then, YES, by all means put Spikes in the middle!!!!

  9. duster1982 says: Mar 14, 2014 12:36 PM

    and coach Pepper Johnson is now with the Bills, who he is close with

  10. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Mar 14, 2014 12:37 PM

    Spikes has his strengths, but he is a two-down LB with his share of real weaknesses. If I’m Buffalo, I’m not breaking down any doors trying to get Spikes in the fold.

  11. rnt2000 says: Mar 14, 2014 12:39 PM

    This sounds like a perfect fit….Sign the man and strengthen up the OL/WR and run for the playoffs next year. GO BILLS!!!!

  12. wideright91 says: Mar 14, 2014 12:41 PM

    If they sign him, I hope the refs don’t flag him when he does that to Brady, like when he wasn’t flagged on that play (see above photo)

  13. wwwmattcom says: Mar 14, 2014 12:42 PM

    Welcome to a football town. FUN.

    Sign him!

  14. tigerlilac says: Mar 14, 2014 12:47 PM

    Nice move by the Bills but Brady will pick them apart without Byrd and with Spikes chasing Gronk. If Spikes is on the field you spread the Bills out and hit guys quick before that dominate defensive front seven can get to the QB. On the other hand, the Bills would be well built to stop both the Jets and the Dolphins who rely more on the run and do not have a QB that can read and react as well as Brady.

  15. billsfan1 says: Mar 14, 2014 12:49 PM

    If I were a Cleveland fan, I would assume that this signing, if it were to happen, would mean division champs but Bills fans are a bit more realistic (apprehensive maybe) and I will so far as to say that this would make sense. nothing more, nothing less…

  16. dontbugmeonsundays says: Mar 14, 2014 12:50 PM

    From what I’ve seen on tv I think this guy can play. I saw speed, size, a good tackler and just saw a guy who was flying all over the place. He might be a gem in this years free agency class that no ones talking about.

  17. i, flounder says: Mar 14, 2014 12:53 PM

    hes gross.

  18. tigerlilac says: Mar 14, 2014 12:53 PM

    This does raise a weakness in the Patriots offense. Their offensive line strength at center and right guard is less than optimal and that’s what protects Brady. We don’t need Spikes (and other guys of his ability) hitting Brady even after he gets rid of the ball. The Patriots might surprise in this draft by trading up to get the best center. He would certainly fit a need.

  19. stevincinci says: Mar 14, 2014 12:54 PM

    Heard he has a trip planned for Cincinnati as well. Don’t know if it’s true or not.

  20. patriotinvasion says: Mar 14, 2014 12:56 PM

    I’ll miss Spikes. Strange dude, but he’s an old school LB for sure. Bills fans will remember him taking Fred Jackson’s head off and then kissing his bicep towards the Bills’ bench as they yelled at him for celebrating while Jackson was hurt. He’s a mean man.

  21. bbillsfan01 says: Mar 14, 2014 1:02 PM

    Don’t let him leave the building!
    One of my most hated Pats….would quickly be one of my favorite Bills. And with Brady in his sights…. watch out Tommy-boy

  22. billsfan25 says: Mar 14, 2014 1:04 PM

    The Bills don’t need Spikes to be a 3 down backer. They have Alonso & Lawson for that. They need a first down & short yardage run stuffer. Spikes fits.

  23. jcmeyer10 says: Mar 14, 2014 1:10 PM

    Him and Mark Anderson can be best buddies.

  24. haytammy says: Mar 14, 2014 1:20 PM

    Why haven’t the skins? Oh, that’s right…they’re busy signing mediocre talent.

  25. surfinbird1 says: Mar 14, 2014 1:27 PM

    Great at stopping the run but being late for practices is only part of Spikes problems. He’ll be on the outs before too long.

  26. andreboy1 says: Mar 14, 2014 1:31 PM

    Below average player for a below average franchise

    Perfect Fit!

  27. cuzz4169 says: Mar 14, 2014 1:48 PM

    Spikes doesn’t need to cover. He’s not a 3 down linebacker. Just stuff the run. Per pff he was the best in the NFL in 2013 stopping the run.

  28. captbuff says: Mar 14, 2014 2:04 PM

    Its funny – the Patriots have played in 2 games in London, and the Bills have played in 0.

    The Bills also just got out of their dumb Toronto Series.

    Fair point, realnflmaster!

  29. castleanthrax says: Mar 14, 2014 2:42 PM

    Did I see someone mention Spikes ‘flies’ all around the place and has great speed?

    Really? I don’t think it was Spikes you were watching.

    Love the guy and is a mean SOB that can make a game changing hit…Buffalo fans should know this well.

    However, it’s time for the Pats to get faster on D. Jamie Collins has shown to be a good fit.

  30. lanman11 says: Mar 14, 2014 7:23 PM

    I don’t call this guy Brandon Spikes. I call him “Bone Crusher.” You do not want this guy to get a clean hit on you. Ever.

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