December 9, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Takeo Spikes (top) tackles Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency: Chargers Release Takeo Spikes. Still Plans to Play

 

 

 


Spikes’ efficiency in 2012 shows he still can be a serviceable starter for a playoff contender. According to Pro Football Focus,  Spikes missed just two tackles last season, and both came in the passing game. Thus, Spikes was perfect in tackles in the run game.

Spikes has long been a sure tackler, something not seen by a Bengals middle linebacker since…maybe when Takeo last played in Cincinnati in 2002. In his tenure with the Bengals, he played 79 of a possible 80 games, missing one for his father’s funeral.

Spikes will be entering his 16th season in the NFL if he plays in 2013. I’m sure the Bengals would at least consider Spikes if he were willing to return to Cincinnati, who has become a young, playoff-contender, and Spikes has never played in a postseason game.

 

An interesting note from Mike Dyce of NFL Spinzone notes how the Washington Redskins could be a viable landing spot:

An interesting note from Pro Football Talk is that his former GM in San Diego, A.J. Smith, is currently the GM for the Washington Redskins. The Redskins might be losing their leader and linebacker, London Fletcher, and Spikes could come at a nice reasonable price. Perhaps the 10 year veteran minimum of $940,000 a year?

 

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