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Takeo Spikes agrees to terms with Chargers

Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:08 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 10:23 pm
SpikesPosted by Josh Katzowitz

After three seasons in San Francisco, free agent LB Takeo Spikes has a new destination. The Chargers announced Tuesday night that Spikes and San Diego have agreed to terms on a three-year deal.

Even though Spikes will turn 35 in December, he’s coming off a standout year in which he combined for 109 tackles, his biggest number since 2003, and recorded three interceptions. Though it’s understandable why the 49ers wouldn’t want to give him a long-term contract -- though one of the San Francisco beat writers earlier this year said signing Spikes was a “no brainer” -- Spikes clearly still has value.

Even better for Spikes, his old defensive coordinator in San Francisco, Greg Manusky, is now in San Diego.

And maybe for Spikes, it’ll be nice to play for a team that has a pretty good chance to win. From my Five Questions (or More) with him last November:

4. CBS: You know, your career is fascinating to me. You’ve played at such a high level for so long, but you’ve only been on one team that’s finished with a winning record. After 12 years in the league …

Spikes: Thirteen years.

CBS: After 13 years, how do you still get excited about football, even when the teams you’ve played on haven’t been so good?

Spikes: I walk on faith. I think that’s the bottom line. Back in the day, early in my career, you don’t know anything about how a team is supposed to feel, and not understanding the reasons why we’re paying quarterbacks $10-12 million per year. If you have a good quarterback, you’re able to go out and compete no matter how bad your defense is. That’s a fact. Earlier in my career, I didn’t understand that. I thought the defense could do it all. But you still need help. Now, how do I keep myself going? I’m surrounded by a great group of guys, and it’s an even push. They push me all the time. I know what we can be. I see us working toward that as a defense.

- In other former Bills LB news, Paul Posluszny has agreed to a six-year deal with the Jaguars, according to's Jason LaCanfora.

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Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:42 am

Takeo Spikes agrees to terms with Chargers

irregardless you are the most pessimistic chargers fan out on these boards. take a hike pal and go bolts!

Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:30 pm

Takeo Spikes agrees to terms with Chargers

Anything is an upgrade over the train wreck that is Stephen Cooper.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 11:19 am

Takeo Spikes agrees to terms with Chargers

32Zone is always lost in the Twilight Zone and BrewsAndBears has wet brain from all the brews. Neither of them ever have anything worth reading.

I like the Takeo Spikes deal if it was not too much money. If I know AJ it wasn't.  He should bea good veteran presence in the locker room.

Anybody know how much money was in the contract?

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 9:13 am

Takeo Spikes agrees to terms with Chargers

Overrated? Complaining about money? Spikes is a true professional... He will perform like he has throughout his career... Great veteran LB pick up... He will see maybe 2 years of that deal because of his age.... Hopefully he can stay injury free for the season...

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:34 am

Takeo Spikes agrees to terms with Chargers

Goodbye and good luck! I always thought you were a class act!

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 7:48 am


The chargers way overpaid for spikes---he'll be complaining about money, etc. from day 1.

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 7:08 am

Takeo Spikes agrees to terms with Chargers

Welcome to San Diego.....prepare to take the first six weeks off only to make a run, coming up ever so short.  At least you have a decent quarterback on your squad now, not that it will help much.

Wow...the Bears finally make the playoffs despite their learning disabled QB and Bears fan try to talk smack...that's good stuff there.

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 7:05 am

Takeo Spikes agrees to terms with Chargers

109 tackles last year, thats pretty beast....

...I see his tackling is considered suspect here...rewatch the Chargers vs Niners game where he is credited with 12 tackles...unless they are counting running straight into a blocker and swatting his arm as Tolbert and Hester run by him, I don't see how someone came up with 12. I rewatched it last night and have a couple 49ers games saved on one of the DVRs I'll watch too, but I am not at all impressed.

Liability in pass coverage, slow lateral movement even with his high level of awareness. Sure when he is lined up to make a blow up hit he has a bit of power, the problem seems to be that most ball carriers don't run straight into him.

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