Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones (12) is tackled by New England Patriots middle linebacker Brandon Spikes (55) in the fourth quarter of the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills Spikes Free Agent Market With LB

Earlier today the Buffalo Bills came to terms with middle linebacker Brandon Spikes, formerly of the New England Patriots.

What does this mean for the Buffalo Bills? Right now the Buffalo Bills’ linebacking corps has definitely been improved. With the addition of outside linebacker Keith Rivers and the addition of middle linebacker Brandon Spikes, the Buffalo Bills of added depth as well as brought on the possibilities of moving Kiko Alonso to outside linebacker where he will most likely fit in better with his pursuing ability.

At the start of the season the linebacking corps for the bills will look like this; Alonso, Spikes, and Lawson will be your starters with Rivers, Bradham and possibly Moats, if he returns, as your backups.

This is a definite improvement in ability for the linebacking corps and a huge upgrade and the run stopping ability with the addition of Brandon Spikes as your middle linebacker, even though he will only play two downs, as he did with the Bengals, it is still a big improvement.

With Brandon Spikes as an unexpected signing for the Bills and probably their biggest move in the off-season here four days in to free agency, we can start to look at the draft and what the Bills could possibly do at this point.

They have recently signed Chris Williams as an offensive lineman and definitely sured up their linebacking stability. They still need a offensive tackle too sure up the right side where Eric Pears was and they still need a big number one wide receiver. At this point I think it is more likely that the bills will look at Mike Evans or another wide receiver at the number nine spot with the moves that they’ve made so far in free agency.

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  • NWBill

    Don’t pencil this guy in as the starter just yet; it’s hard these days to start a guy who isn’t really an every-down player, and Spikes fits that bill (no pun intended). He’s a talented guy, for sure, and plays the run very well – but he’s not the long term solution. Look for Buffalo to draft a linebacker (or two), and throw things open when camp starts. Hey – they found Kiko Alonzo; they can do it again with smart scouting and decision-making ….which seems to be what they’re doing lately.

  • chas territo

    At first I was not enamored of Spikes enough for my Bills team.
    history of suspensions and the reasons why were not what I wanted on
    our team. A 1 year contract with a chance for both sides to prove good
    or bad is a perfect contract. With that protection for us, we are safe
    enough to employ him knowing it can be voided. For those who say he will
    bring fear to our opponents, I say hog wash! Detroit, does any team
    fear them, really? They have the dirtiest player in the NFL in Alphabet
    Suh and sorry, but only he is feared not that team. Their record
    indicates that. I think it will be pretty much the same with the Bills.
    GO BILLS!!