Jan 13, 2013; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes (55) reacts during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots not expected to re-sign Brandon Spikes


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.

From ESPN Boston:

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.

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  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    Spikes will not play another game in a Pats uniform. He will demand top money for being a premiere run stopper (one of the best). Pats will not give a big money contract to a LB who is a solid two down player but is a liability against the pass. He was exposed too many times in pass coverage and someone will overpay him for his stout run defense….it will not be the Pats. Thank you Jamie Collins for your all-around talent….you are the future.