More than adept at hitting on the gridiron, linebacker Brandon Spikes is now delivering shots off the field as well. The newly-minted Buffalo Bill took to Twitter on Wednesday to air his grievances about his former club: The New England Patriots.
On his verified account, the 26-year-old Spikes said he looks forward to beating New England twice next season and described his time with the Patriots as “4 years a slave.’” Spikes signed a one-year contract with the Bills this offseason, remaining in the AFC East, a division shared with the Pats.
Spikes spent the first four years of his career with New England, who selected him out of Florida in the 2010 NFL Entry Draft. His relationship with the team ended quite contentiously, as he was placed on injured reserve prior to a playoff contest against the Indianapolis Colts in January.
It was reported that the decision was mutual, but the report was quickly denied by Spikes’ agent. There were also reports that it was due to him being late to a team meeting. Spikes chimed in on the situation during an interview with WGR radio last month, saying “that’s just how things go there.”
In Buffalo, Spikes joins a revamped defense. The team also added cornerback Corey Graham from the Baltimore Ravens, linebacker Keith Rivers from the New York Giants and defensive lineman Jarius Wynn from the Dallas Cowboys. The team also made a splash on offense, acquiring wide receiver Mike Williams from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.
Sadly, not all the recent news out of Buffalo has been positive. Team founder and longtime owner Ralph Wilson passed away on March 25th, at the age of 95. Legendary Bills quarterback Jim Kelly has been battling cancer in recent weeks, completing his first round of chemotherapy on Wednesday.