The San Diego Chargers signed Takeo Spikes to a three year deal on July 26, 2011. According to ESPN, San Diego’s front office released Spikes today after he spent two seasons with the team.
The Chargers’ front office needed to create salary cap space because they were about $8 million under the $123 million salary cap set for the 2013 NFL season. Spikes was due to make $3.7 million in 2013, but by cutting him, the Chargers will have an additional $3 million added to their salary cap space.
Spikes’ best years were with Buffalo, when he made a Pro Bowl in 2003 and was a first team All-Pro linebacker in 2004. He started all 32 regular season games with San Diego from 2011-2012 and led the team with 106 total tackles in 2011. He was tied with Eric Weddle, Antoine Cason, Shaun Phillips and Darrell Stuckey for the team lead with two forced fumbles in 2012.
This move by San Diego’s front office does not come as a surprise because there were rumors that he was considering retirement following the 2012 season and rumors that he could be released.
Spikes will be 36 years old when the 2013 season begins and for a team that was desperate to create cap space, this move had to be made. San Diego has depth at the linebacker position, so this will give one of their younger guys an opportunity or San Diego’s front office could replace Spikes with a pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
I do not believe that San Diego’s front office is done making roster changes to create cap space. Left tackle Jared Gaither could be the next guy to be released during the off-season.