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How Brandon Spikes fits with Patriots defense

05.18.15 at 11:13 am ET
Brandon Spikes is back with the Patriots. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Brandon Spikes is back with the Patriots. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Who says you can’t go home again?

After appearing to burn most every bridge on the way out of town last offseason, Brandon Spikes reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Patriots on Monday, bringing the linebacker back to New England after a year with the Bills.

While Spikes has had his issues in pass coverage, he remains a tenacious run defender, and will likely slip right back into his old role with the Patriots. His familiarity with the system will certainly help when it comes to the reacclimation process, and the 6-foot-3, 250-pounder will also provide some depth for a linebacking corps that would be without Dont’a Hightower for a stretch this summer because of offseason shoulder surgery.

The signing of Spikes at this point on the calendar also makes sense — as we noted here, the fact the Patriots inked him to a deal following May 12 means that he will not count against the compensatory pick formula for 2016,

The 27-year-old Spikes, who compared his four years with the Patriots to slavery before he signed with Buffalo last offseason, had his best year in 2012, when he started 14 of the 15 games he played in and finished with a career-best 56 tackles. Last season in Buffalo, he played in 16 games and had 32 tackles for the Bills.

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