Chargers cut Takeo Spikes
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Takeo Spikes may be 36 years old, but he still provides value. That makes his release a bit surprising, writes Bill Williamson. Blog
The 36-year-old Spikes addressed his release in a tweet Thursday morning and said he plans to play in 2013, which would be his 16th NFL season.
"Thank you to the @chargers, Spanos family & fans for the opportunity to represent the organization. I look forward to this upcoming season," he wrote.
Spikes Measures Up
Takeo Spikes was a force early in his career. The two-time Pro Bowler was a first-team All-Pro in 2004 with Buffalo when he tied for the lead among linebackers with five interceptions, two returned for TDs. Only four linebackers have had more tackles in their first seven seasons.
Spikes started all 32 games he played in two seasons with the Chargers and was voted a defensive captain in both years.
The Chargers saved $3 million on the salary cap with the move and now have more than $10 million in space.
Spikes never has been on a playoff team, earning him an unenviable distinction. According to ESPN Stats & Information, his 219 regular-season games played are the most in NFL history without ever making the playoffs.
He earlier played with Cincinnati, Buffalo, Philadelphia and San Francisco. The Chargers missed the playoffs the last three seasons.
Spikes had 78 tackles last season and in his career has registered 1,423 tackles, 29 sacks, 19 interceptions and 15 forced fumbles.
"Takeo is a true professional and a class act," general manager Tom Telesco said in a statement. "We're grateful for his many contributions to the Chargers organization, both on and off the field, and wish him nothing but the best in the future."
Information from ESPN.com's Bill Williamson and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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