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Bills “Highly Unlikely” To Re-Sign LB Brandon Spikes

Sal Capaccio of WGR 550, citing a league source, reports that it’s “highly unlikely” the Bills will re-sign veteran LB Brandon Spikes.

Instead of bringing Spikes back for another year, Capaccio mentions that the Bills are comfortable moving forward with Preston Brown and Nigel Bradham as their starting inside linebackers with Ty Powell taking over as their No. 3 option.

Spikes is one of the best available free agents, but his market has been very slow moving since free agency got under way a few months ago.

The Patriots recently brought him in for a visit, and there’s talk that they could eventually sign him to a contract. However, New England met with Dane Fletcher as well, so it’s hard to put too much stock in him returning to the Patriots in 2015.

Beyond that, Spikes found some interest from the 49ers before they eventually signed Philip Wheeler on Thursday of last week.

Spikes, 27, was forced to sign a one-year, $3 million contract with the Bills last year after finding very limited interest on the open market.

In 2014, he appeared in all 16 games and recorded 54 tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and three pass defines. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the N0. 13 inside linebacker out of 60 qualifying players due in large part to a very solid rating as a run-defender.