Takeo Spikes released by Chargers, will hit free agency

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers will release 36-year old linebacker Takeo Spikes, the team announced. Spikes had been with the Chargers for two seasons.

The San Diego Chargers will release linebacker Takeo Spikes on Thursday, according to a press release from the team.

"Takeo is a true professional and a class act," said General Manager Tom Telesco. "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."

Spikes, 36, has spent 15 seasons in the NFL. He played with the Chargers for the last two seasons. In San Diego, Spikes started 32 games and recorded 185 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.

The move will help free up about $3 million in cap space. Spikes was set to be a $3.7 million cap hit in 2013. After the move, the Chargers will be about $10 million under the salary cap.

Spikes was the 13th overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He spent five years with the Bengals before signing with the Buffalo Bills for four seasons.

In Buffalo, Spikes had his best seasons as a pro. He was a two-time Pro Bowler and earned a first-team All NFL honor in 2004. In that season he recorded 99 total tackles, three sacks, five interceptions, two touchdowns, 18 pass deflections and four forced fumbles.

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