The Patriots are expected to let inside linebacker Brandon Spikes walk in free agency this year. Could the Redskins be interested in the 26-year-old former second-round draft pick?
They might, if the price is right. There is a major need at the position as London Fletcher is retiring and Perry Riley is a free agent. The Redskins have no ready replacement for either player on the roster and a player like Spikes, who has started 39 games in his NFL career, almost has to be on their radar screen.
Spikes does carry some baggage. His play was hampered last year by a knee injury and he ended the season on injured reserve but the cause and effect here is not as clear as it may seem. Bill Belichick made that call after Spikes was late to practice on Jan. 3. Spikes and the team made a mutual decision to go with the IR designation rather than releasing him.
Spikes also is limited and coverage and he usually comes out on passing downs. The Redskins prefer their inside linebackers to be able to play in all situations. They may need to change their expectations due to the nature of the free agent market and their salary cap limitations.
According to the Boston Herald, Spikes can expect to get a contract close to that of Rey Maualugaof the Bengals. He signed a two-year, $6.5 million contract a year ago.
Perhaps the Redskins might look to sign Spikes or a similar, two-down inside linebacker and then rotate in third-year linebacker Keenan Robinson in on passing downs.