Takeo Spikes Cut

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.

>>Eagles Part Ways With Veteran LB Spikes (PE.com)

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)

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  • ck0712

    i DON’T like it either Ian…..i sure hope they have a good reason – anymore and i’m not bashing my own team, but dayum it seems like a guy gets hurt or a bit older, they toss em…yeah i know it’s business but some guys u get used to seeing – i was a mess when they let TROT go…..i never really took a big liking to spikes or gaither because of the whole TROT drama the eagles pulled mid seaon…….dunno, it better have been well worth it……the youngbloods need a veteran to go to-besides the fact the guy is HUGE and has the neck the size of my armchair …..

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    Yet another Eagles free agency signing that turns out to be a bust. Not that my skins haven’t had their share of busts, but we’ve at least had some successes to go along with our busts.  This doesn’t bode well for Assante.  And of course, Moss didn’t want any part of Philly. 

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    Of course you got something to say about this. First off Takeo Spikes was not a "bust". The Eagles have young upcoming LBs, and Spikes was in the last year of a big contract he signed with Buffalo. He was due to make $5 million, and that figure is just too high for what he is worth. They asked Spikes to take a pay cut, so they could possibly trade him, and he asked to be cut so he could find his own team.How does this not well for Asante? That makes no sense at all.Obviously Moss did want a part of Philly, because he was very close to actually becoming an Eagle. He chose to stay in New England, because the money was similar, and despite losing the Super Bowl they just had a great season.

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    ck: lol @ Spikes neck. he does have a huge neck. This would have been Spikes last year here anyways, but I know it is frustrating to see them just push a veteran away because of money.

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  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    He could have made a million dollars per year more by signing with Philly and yet Moss wanted no part of it.  How sucky is a team if you won’t move there for an extra million bucks PER YEAR?  The money was NOT similar at all.

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