The New England Patriots still have to focus on their upcoming match up against the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship, but it is only a few weeks until they will need to begin addressing the future of a number of players on the roster moving forward.
Once the new league year begins, linebacker Brandon Spikes will be among the players that becomes a free agent and it is unlikely that the team will be re-signing him to a contract.
It was already not looking good for Spikes’ return to New England, but the news that surfaced over the weekend about the Patriots decision to place Spikes on injured reserve after he was late to a team meeting all but sealed his fate with the team.
Saturday’s news about how the Patriots came to the decision to place linebacker Brandon Spikes on season-ending injured reserve, as reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, clears up one question I had about Spikes’ future with the team. One of the team’s top unrestricted free agents, it would be a major surprise if Spikes is back in 2014.
Spikes will likely require offseason surgery, which could scare some teams away from him, but he is also not an every down linebacker and his lack of versatility could cost him some money.
It will be interesting to see how active the free agent market will be for Spikes when he becomes available.