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Chargers to release Takeo Spikes

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12:37 PM ET 03.07 | The San Diego Chargers will release linebacker Takeo Spikes on Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. 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.

Adam Schefter

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March 7, 2013  01:18 PM ET

Releasing players to save cap room is another par for the course in the NFL this time of year.

March 7, 2013  02:12 PM ET

The league should set up a Veteran Cap for guys in the League 10 Plus years each team can sign 2 vets 50% of Salary is cap hit!!!

March 7, 2013  02:26 PM ET

I very good player over 15 seasons, who never ever was on a playoff team.

Not fair, but welcome to the NFL.

March 7, 2013  09:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The league should set up a Veteran Cap for guys in the League 10 Plus years each team can sign 2 vets 50% of Salary is cap hit!!!

There's still going to be someone whose younger, faster and cheaper.

March 7, 2013  10:19 PM ET

Hate to see him go. He provided leadership to a young team.

 
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