During the 2014 offseason, many Buffalo Bills fans were excited to add linebacker Brandon Spikes to Jim Schwartz's promising defensive unit. The year prior, the Bills finished No. 28 in the NFL against the run, surrendering over 2,000 yards and making Spikes a free agent that many fans coveted. The run defense showed remarkable improvement in 2014, allowing only 106 rush yards per game and solidifying the Bills' defensive efforts against the run and the pass.
While he was only signed to a one-year deal, there has been speculation early this offseason that Spikes may be looking for a new club in free agency. Doug Whaley spoke at the NFL combine, and specifically mentioned that Spikes may want to test the market to see if he could find a role as an every down player with another team. Fast forward five weeks, with little to no reported interest in Spikes on the open market, and it sounds as if Whaley has changed his tune.
What's left for #Bills in 2nd/3rd phases of FA market? "Maybe get a vet WR," GM Doug Whaley says. "Hopefully get Brandon Spikes back."— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) March 27, 2015
Some obvious changes have taken place since Whaley's initial comments, including:
- Kiko Alonso was traded to Philadelphia for LeSean McCoy
- David Harris, rumored to be a target for the Bills, re-signed in New York
Nigel Bradham and Preston Brown are still expected to play the majority of snaps this off-season, but Spikes would provide a talented and effective option as a third linebacker for the Bills. It is possible that Spikes did not find a situation that could be as attractive as the one in Buffalo, serving as a valuable piece to one of the NFL's top defensive units.
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