Apparently you can bad-mouth the Patriots and live to see another day in Foxboro.
Linebacker Brandon Spikes, who slammed the Pats multiple times just a year ago after finding a short-lived home in Buffalo, is returning to New England. The hard-hitting Spikes signed a one-year deal with the Pats Monday, according to multiple reports.
Spikes accused the Patriots of filing false injury reports in March of 2014 and, upon signing with the Bills, he tweeted out “4 years a slave” (Spikes spent the first four years of his career with the Patriots).
“I heard they put me on IR and stuff like that. That was just a false report,” Spikes told WGR-AM in Buffalo in March 2014. “That’s just how things go [in New England]. Almost like what happened with [former Patriots cornerback] Aqib Talib and his hip.”
Around the same time, Talib – by then a member of the Denver Broncos - had been outspoken about the way the Patriots manipulate injury reports.
“The Patriots have their way of reporting stuff, but I haven’t had a hip problem since Tampa,” Talib said. “The injury I had was actually a quad injury. It was reported as a hip injury, but that’s how they do things.”
The Patriots currently have a defensive roster clearly in transition as they no longer employee big name talents like Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and Vince Wilfork.
“I think we know Brandon well,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said last year ahead of a game against the Bills. “He’s a good strong, physical player inside [that] does a good job in the running game.”
Spikes went to Buffalo along with former Patriots linebackers coach Pepper Johnson in 2014. But when head coach Doug Marrone stepped down as Bills head coach on New Year’s Eve, it more or less signaled the end of Spikes’ and Johnson’s brief tenures in upstate New York. Johnson is now the defensive line coach of the Jets.