When I viewed the Buffalo Bills entertaining the likes of Brandon Spikes to fill their line backing needs, I was a bit skeptical. I know the Bills generally have to overpay to fill a void due to their geographic inferiority, but I hoped they did not do this with a player that was going to be disruption in the locker room. He is a different sort and enjoys that role, but I think this is a good signing for a number of reasons.
First, it is a one-year deal for $3.5 million. This gives the Bills time to evaluate him and if it pans out, consider him for the future. Also if he succumbs to the injury bug, as he is prone to do, it is not a huge disappointment.
Second, Pepper Johnson already has a relationship with Spikes. Doug Marrone and company do not have to navigate the circus that could come with Brandon Spikes and if that circus becomes too big to attend, they can release him with minimal pain.
There is a lot of upside to this signing. It actually meets a need. Spikes is very good at stopping the run and the Bills need help there in a big way. It frees up Kiko Alonso to play a position he is more naturally suited and it eliminates the need to take the ‘best linebacker available’ with the ninth pick in May.
Now we get to see if Spikes and Eric Wood become best friends forever.