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Brandon Spikes makes free-agent visit to New England

Former Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes has been met with a lukewarm free-agent market for his services.

So Spikes on Wednesday took an interesting visit -- back to the team he started his career with, the New England Patriots. That's according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Spikes, 27, played the first four seasons of his career before coming to the Bills on a one-year contract for 2014. He made 10 starts and appeared in all 16 games in Buffalo, finishing with 54 tackles, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and one sack. He played 46 percent of the team's defensive snaps.

After the season, Spikes made it clear he'd be interested in returning to the Bills.

"Honestly, I would just say I'm the happiest I've been since I've been in the NFL," Spikes said in the visiting locker room at Gillette Stadium after the Bills ended their 2014 season with a win over New England. "I love this place. I will definitely remember this place if I was to move on or whatever, this will be a special place for me. I'm happy again. I love the game again."

At the NFL Scouting Combine in February, Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said he would encourage Spikes to test the free-agent market.

"The new staff sees a different role than maybe he does," Whaley said in Indianapolis. "I told him, go out there and see if you can get a team to see you the way you see yourself. If not, then come back and we can talk."

Almost two months into free agency, Spikes hasn't found that fit. A return to New England -- where he spent the first four years of his career -- would be interesting since he was believed to have left on shaky terms.

“I mean, you guys know how it all ended,” he said in October before playing the Patriots. “It is what it is. Players change teams every year – every week. That’s just what it is. ... I’m not going to say it’s personal, but it’s big for this organization, it’s big for Buffalo. We all need this. Not just the players, the entire city.”


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