Spikes on Pats: Both sides could benefit from fresh start

Spikes on Pats: Both sides could benefit from fresh start
March 7, 2014, 1:00 pm
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The Patriots may be talking to Aqib Talib and Julian Edelman, but it doesn't sound like they're talking to Brandon Spikes.

Spikes joined NFL Network's NFL AM on Friday where he made it clear that the two side are going in different directions.

“I would never say never. Everybody says you never want to burn a bridge but I just feel like both sides could benefit from a fresh start," Spikes said. "With that being said, free agency, I just feel like I’m out here, I’m available, 100 percent. Any team that is willing to take a chance on me is going to get a playmaker, a guy that is very aggressive on the field looking to be a difference-maker. A captain, a leader on the defense – a guy who is ready to lead the charge.”

Spikes was placed on IR before the AFC Divisional Round game against the Colts partly due to the fact that he missed the final bye-week practice, according to Tom E. Curran. Spikes was also dealing with a knee injury.

“That was the coach’s decision and I’m just an employee," Spikes said. "What Adam Sandler said, ‘just go with it.’ I had no choice but I think he put me on IR because of my injury. I was definitely devastated not to able to compete; you fight all season to get to the playoffs and it really hurt me not to be out there with my teammates. I think overall [if] I could do some things differently I would, but it is what it is. It’s in the past and I think it’s just time to move on.”

Spikes played in all 16 games for the Patriots during the 2013-14 season with 12 starts and 134 total tackles. While it doesn't appear likely that the Patriots will be re-signing him, Spikes feels plenty of teams would benefit from his abilities. He says he's more than just a run stopper, too.

“I think any team [fits my skillset]," Spikes said. "As far as skillset, I feel like I’m a three-down player. I know a lot of people know me as a run stopper but I have great cover skills; I can cover better than you think and given the opportunity on third down, when I got the opportunity I delivered every time. It’s on the tape…I led the team in tackles this season. It just goes to show you when I’m on the field I’m very efficient and effective, and a productive player.”