According to Anthony Gargano of 610WIP radio, the Eagles have cut linebacker Takeo Spikes. This has not been confirmed by the Eagles, but I believe Gargano personally spoke with Takeo. I will have more updates as soon as possible.
UPDATE: Spikes Cut Made Official
The Eagles announced on Thursday that they have released veteran weak side linebacker Takeo Spikes.
A 10-year NFL veteran, Spikes spent the 2007 season with the Eagles and finished second on the team with 139 tackles and also had one sack in 14 games. Spikes missed the final two games of the season after he was placed on the injured reserve list with a torn rotator cuff. The Eagles have some experience on the weak side with Omar Gaither and Akeem Jordan. Gaither started seven total games (five regular season, two postseason) during his rookie year in 2006 on the weak side before starting all 16 games at middle linebacker in 2007. A rookie free agent in 2007, Jordan started the final game of the season against Buffalo at weak side linebacker.
I really don’t like this cut, but that is how the NFL works today. Teams have to run their franchise like a business, and it is not smart business to pay Takeo Spikes over $5 Million for one season. Takeo is a good leader, a sound tackler, and a great guy off the field. While his play was solid, he did not make enough big plays last year. Not making big plays, and ending the season with a serious shoulder injury, pretty much sealed Spikes fate here.
Who do the Iggles turn to now? Look for Omar Gaither to once again return to weak side linebacker, and Stewart Bradley get his shot as the teams starting MLB. Jim Johnson already said that Bradley will be the starting MLB at the NFL’s scouting combine, and now that seems to be even more of a reality.
Last years undrafted rookie Akeem Jordan was impressive at the end of the season, and will also get a look as the team WILL. Even if he remains as backup, Jordan could see some snaps in a rotation.
Takeo will be able to find a new team soon enough. It may take him a while with his shoulder, but he will land a job somewhere else.
UPDATE: Takeo Spikes Reacts To Being Cut
Takeo called up Howard Eskin’s show on 610WIP today. Spikes explained why he thought he was let go, what he felt about the Iggles current linebackers, and what his future might hold.
Apparently the Eagles asked Takeo to take a pay cut, to trade Spikes, and he declined. He wanted to be able to hand pick his new team, and asked to be released. The Eagles could have held on to Spikes a lot longer, but they decided to allow him the ability of finding a new team during the initial free agency period.
“Takeo did a really good job for us last year,” Eagles head coach Andy Reid said in a statement released by the team. “But we are excited about the young linebackers that have developed over the last year. We wish Takeo all the best. He’s a true team player on and off the field.”
Young talent takes away a lot of veterans jobs. That is just how todays NFL works. Hopefully Takeo does not end up in the division to come back and kill the Eagles.
Here is Takeo Spikes calling Howard Eskin:
>>Eagles Aquired Spikes in Trade Last Year (Comcast SportsNet)