"Takeo Spikes is a proven playmaker in the National Football League," said general manager Tom Heckert. "He has the ability to play all three linebacking positions and we're happy to add him to our defense. Likewise, Kelly Holcomb is also a proven veteran who will add depth behind Donovan McNabb and A.J. Feeley."
Spikes was a Pro Bowl selection in both 2003 and 2004 and split his time in the NFL between Cincinnati - the team that originally drafted him in the first round of the 1998 Draft - and Buffalo, where he played since 2003. In 2004, Spikes pulled down a career-high five interceptions to go with three sacks and 111 tackles in what was the best overall season of his career. This past season, he played in 12 games for Buffalo, getting a late start to the season thanks to an Achilles tendon injury that he suffered during the 2005 season. In his 12 games last year, he registered 76 tackles and one sack.
Spikes played his college ball at Auburn, but left after his junior season to enter the NFL. In 1997 he received All-America honors and was named the national defensive player of the year by various publications.
|Kelly Holcomb is more than just a throw-in part of the deal. He gives the Eagles another veteran backup and some insurance should Donovan McNabb get hurt.|
The Eagles have had some concerns about their linebacking spot and looked to improve through free agency or the draft. When free agency didn't bring them any help, they looked to other options and found the Bills dangling Spikes. The trade lessens recent talk that the Eagles might take a linebacker with their first round pick, but the possibility is still there as they look to groom a replacement for Jeremiah Trotter, who has started to show some wear and tear.