(WGR 550) -- Within the same 24-hour window as general manager Doug Whaley telling WGR Sports Radio 550 that Kiko Alonso would be making the switch from middle linebacker to the weakside, the Buffalo Bills have found their new starting middle linebacker.
Unrestricted free agent Brandon Spikes has agreed to terms on a contract with the Bills. According to John Wawrow of The Associated Press, it's a one-year contract and various outlets are reporting it's worth $3.25 million. Spikes spent the entire day on Friday visiting with the team before ultimately electing to sign on with his former AFC East rival.
The linebacker comes to the Bills from the New England Patriots where he spent the first four seasons of his career. A former selection out of the University of Florida, Spikes is a noted run defender but at times a liability in pass coverage.
Through those four seasons, the linebacker had 286 tackles in 39 starts. Spikes was a consistent tackler, but hasn't offered much, statistically speaking, to the playmaking side of defense. In his career, he has only one sack, two interceptions and five forced fumbles, with all five occurring in 2012.
Spikes is said to have a very good relationship with former Patriots defensive coach and current Bills defensive line coach Pepper Johnson. The two first started working together closely when Johnson was named the linebackers coach in New England in 2012.
Spikes, 26, was confirmed to have agreed to terms with the Bills early Saturday morning. With the addition, the starting trio of the linebacking core are slated to be Spikes at middle linebacker, Alonso at weakside linebacker and the newly acquired Keith Rivers at strongside linebacker.