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Patriots agree to terms with Brandon Spikes

The Boston Herald is reporting that the New England Patriots and second-round draft choice Brandon Spikes have reached an agreement on a four-year, $3.21 million contract tonight, according to Spikes’ agent, Terry Watson. Watson added that the deal also includes a $960,000 signing bonus and a one-time incentive of $450,000.

“He’s extremely pleased,” Watson said of Spikes, taken in the second round, 62nd overall by the Patriots. “He’s ready to go play football and be a good Patriot.”

The 6-foot-3, 249-pound Spikes played inside linebacker at Florida. A first-team All-SEC selection each of the last three years, Spikes started 39 of his 47 games with the Gators, totaling 309 tackles, including 31.5 for a loss and 6.5 quarterback sacks.

“Brandon Spikes was pretty much the middle of our defense like Tim Tebow was the center of our offense,” Spikes’ college teammate Jermaine Cunningham said of the linebacker, who returned four interceptions for touchdowns in his college career. “He was the center of our defense. He goes out there, he’s quick and he holds the defense together.”

Spikes will compete for playing time at inside linebacker with Jerod Mayo, Gary Guyton, and Tyrone McKenzie in training camp. Spikes is the 11th member of New England’s twelve-man draft class to agree to a deal, leaving only first-round pick Devin McCourty without a contract, with veterans reporting for training camp Wednesday July 28th.

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