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Report: Bills, Brandon Spikes agree to one-year deal

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Brandon Spikes won’t be returning to the New England Patriots, but he’s not leaving the AFC East either.

According to John Wawrow of the Associated Press, Spikes has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills.

Spikes joins the Bills after four seasons spent with the Patriots. Spikes appeared in all 16 games, making 11 starts for New England last season. He posted 86 tackles and an interception. For his career, he’s appeared in 51 games for the Patriots with 286 tackles, a sack and two interceptions.

Spikes’ specialty is as a defender in the running game. He would join Kiko Alonso, Manny Lawson and recent signing Keith Rivers in the linebacker corps for the Bills. With Buffalo moving Alonso to the outside linebacker position, Spikes appears destined to plug into the middle of the Bills’ defense.

Spikes had worn out his welcome in New England. The Patriots placed him on injured reserve prior to the AFC Championship against Denver after showing up late for practice.

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43 Responses to “Report: Bills, Brandon Spikes agree to one-year deal”
  1. wwwmattcom says: Mar 14, 2014 11:14 PM

    Welcome to the football town.

  2. acgorski says: Mar 14, 2014 11:15 PM

    I love any player with the last name spikes in a bills uniform!!

  3. patriotsdefense says: Mar 14, 2014 11:16 PM

    Will not play 16 games

  4. fitzmagic1212 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:22 PM

    our front 7
    mario williams-kyle williams-marcell dareus-jerry hughes

    kiko alonso-brandon spikes-keith rivers/manny lawson

  5. wwwmattcom says: Mar 14, 2014 11:23 PM

    Jairus Byrd who?

  6. tolan04 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:23 PM

    Bills are quietly having a good offseason

  7. stolendog23 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:25 PM

    Brilliant signing by Whaley. Guy is a loose cannon, throw him a one year bone and see how it goes.We needed a thumper in the middle to allow Kiko to run around and now we got the prototypical thumper. I’m, for once, excited.

    If one of those famous helmet to helmets happens with Brady… so be it.

  8. jacksonjames4 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:26 PM

    Bills defense is looking better

  9. corkspop says: Mar 14, 2014 11:31 PM

    Excellent move!

  10. slaugin says: Mar 14, 2014 11:33 PM

    Good signing for a team that got run over last year

  11. billsfan25 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:33 PM

    I like this signing. Been a while since the Bills have had a run stuffing middle linebacker. Moving Alonso outside should allow him to have another impact season. Bills are building a nice defense.

  12. hottubtodd says: Mar 14, 2014 11:40 PM

    Welcome Brandon. Feel free to show Bill Belicheck he made a big mistake.

  13. anonymous135 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:51 PM

    They should have a pretty big play making D next year.. solid add.

  14. EJ says: Mar 14, 2014 11:54 PM

    Good signing. They only did one year in order to see how well he works out. I’m sure if he is doing well the front office will extend him mid-season.
    The Bills Defense is looking better and better every week:
    Mario Williams- DE
    Kyle Williams- DT
    Marcell Dareus- DT
    Jerry Hughes/Alan Branch- DE
    Kiko Alonso- OLB
    Manny Lawson/Nigel Bradham- MLB
    Keith Rivers- OLB
    Stephon Gilmore/Leodis McKelvin- CB
    Corey Graham/Nickell Robey- CB
    Da’Norris Searcy- FS
    Aaron Williams- SS

    Next: 2014 NFL Draft

  15. tigerlilac says: Mar 14, 2014 11:55 PM

    Alas, Spikes had very poor representation. Instead of working on his game and his attitude they sold him on a story that Belichick was holding him back. Look what Bill did for Talib’s career. If you can add value on the field Bill will utilize that value, he just won’t put you before the good of the team. Spikes is left with a one-year deal from the Bills instead of playing an important roll on a Patriots team that just added Revis and Browner.

  16. EJ says: Mar 14, 2014 11:56 PM

    Good signing. They only did one year in order to see how well he works out. I’m sure if he is doing well the front office will extend him mid-season.
    The Bills Defense is looking better and better every week:
    Mario Williams- DE
    Kyle Williams- DT
    Marcell Dareus- DT
    Jerry Hughes/Alan Branch- DE
    Kiko Alonso- OLB
    Manny Lawson/Brandon Spikes- MLB
    Keith Rivers- OLB
    Stephon Gilmore/Leodis McKelvin- CB
    Corey Graham/Nickell Robey- CB
    Da’Norris Searcy- FS
    Aaron Williams- SS

    Next: 2014 NFL Draft

  17. billsalldayaday says: Mar 15, 2014 12:22 AM

    And Anthony Dixon!

  18. bushwoodcc says: Mar 15, 2014 12:22 AM

    As a Pats fan you can’t complain about Spikes time here.

    Great run stuffer but he wasn’t good in coverage, And though maybe not always a great “team guy” he played hard for the team. You could see that knee/leg was impacting him late in the season and into the playoffs, but he gutted it out.

    Hard to ask for more than that from a guy. But at the same time I think it’s best for both him and the Pats that Spikes move on.

    It will be interesting to see how Pepper plans to utilize him. Pepper deserved that DC spot in New England a few years ago.

  19. henryjones20 says: Mar 15, 2014 12:32 AM

    Spikes,Rivers,Graham. All played on winning teams.Bring the winning mentality 2 the bills lockeroom.

  20. andreboy1 says: Mar 15, 2014 12:52 AM

    Never to be heard from again

  21. patriotslove12 says: Mar 15, 2014 12:52 AM

    Good luck Brandon. Bills fans, you got yourself a thumper who can change the game at any point. Spikes brings energy to the defense and is an emotional leader, but he comes of the field on third downs, as he struggles in pass coverage (see 5+ sec. 40 time). Even so, as a huge pats fan, we are going to miss what he does for the team.

  22. djshnooks says: Mar 15, 2014 12:55 AM

    Awesome.

  23. jdtimkey says: Mar 15, 2014 2:05 AM

    There’s a new sheriff in town and his name is Doug Whaley

  24. runninrebel37 says: Mar 15, 2014 2:13 AM

    Great addition for the Bills. Curious why it was only a one-year deal though

  25. reignjc says: Mar 15, 2014 2:33 AM

    top 5 defense

  26. edelmanfanclub says: Mar 15, 2014 2:36 AM

    No one wants to pay for a 2 down thumper. He’s a great run stopper and is obviously following Pepper. He’s trying for a prove it deal but no ones gonna break the bank on him until he shows he has at least below average to average coverage skills.

  27. djshnooks says: Mar 15, 2014 3:57 AM

    Awesome!

  28. gridironrat says: Mar 15, 2014 6:13 AM

    He wore out his welcome with Patriots’ fans as well. The guy is a punk, and I am glad to see him go to a division rival; now we know exactly where to throw the ball against the Bills’ defense. With the addition of Spikes and the loss of Byrd, the Bills are going to have a soft middle of the defense against the pass.

  29. jimmyjoejohnbob says: Mar 15, 2014 7:38 AM

    Welcome to The Schwartz.
    The Schwartz will stop the run.

  30. RexCanCoach says: Mar 15, 2014 7:43 AM

    Patriots can high five themselves in March but come September who do they have to stop the run now without Spikes and Wilfork? Their run defense was soooo bad last year now its even worse. Jets are going to run the ball down Revis and Downers throats just like 2013 and Billy Boy will just grimace on the sidelines. Nice signing by the Bills lets give Schwartzy a chance to build on a defense that made great strides in 2013.

  31. tcorn6 says: Mar 15, 2014 7:43 AM

    Makes sense for both parties, good signing

  32. FinFan68 says: Mar 15, 2014 7:47 AM

    Was he injured? How do they justify IR for being late or missing practice? That doesn’t sound right.

  33. hansenbrothers says: Mar 15, 2014 8:35 AM

    Why the Packers didn’t sign him I cannot understand.

  34. bradymancrush10 says: Mar 15, 2014 8:35 AM

    Hate to see him go, he’s a hard hitter.

  35. jnbnet says: Mar 15, 2014 8:49 AM

    I think the Bills will have a decent LB corps. As a Patriot fan, I still want to beat him twice a year, but I wish him well.

  36. mingyabro says: Mar 15, 2014 9:07 AM

    2 down linebacker who likes to blast the hole anticipating the snap. That is all he is good for. When he came in the game, qbs just changed the play to a pass as he is absolutely inept in pass coverage. No wonder it’s a 2 year deal, in lowly buffalo. Good luck with that Brandon….lol

  37. realnflmaster says: Mar 15, 2014 9:14 AM

    David Harris > any linebacker the bills have.

  38. revren10 says: Mar 15, 2014 9:19 AM

    Only a one year deal for spikes shows how much his ego hurt him could’ve stayed in New England

  39. srt9 says: Mar 15, 2014 9:29 AM

    Well, I bet he will be playing when the bills play the pats!

  40. realnflmaster says: Mar 15, 2014 10:40 AM

    LOL at the maroon who said Top 5 defense. You realize you have no secondary, pass rush and Schwartz is your coordinator, right?

  41. unfortunatelyabillsfan says: Mar 15, 2014 11:45 AM

    Smart effective signings. Great offseason so far for my Bills

  42. Billsweregreatonce says: Mar 15, 2014 2:30 PM

    CHEERS!!!!! GO BILLS!!!!!! LETS GO BUFFALO!!!!!!! JIM KELLY 12 in our prayers

  43. happywolverine says: Mar 15, 2014 6:13 PM

    As a Bills fan I love the signing and it’s cool to see the thoughtful sentiments expressed by Pats fans here to

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