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LB Brandon Spikes Hires Rosenhaus

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reports that Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes has changed agents, hiring Miami Beach-based Drew Rosenhaus.

Chosen with the 62nd overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Florida, the 6-foot-3, 256-pound Spikes had 61 tackles and an interception in 12 games, eight of which the rookie started. Spikes missed the final four weeks of the regular season to a suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.

Rosenhaus replaces Terry Watson, who negotiated Spikes’ four-year, $2.75 million rookie contract, which included $1.41 million in guarantees. Spikes’ deal included a $960,000 signing bonus and $320,000 base salary in 2010, but he lost $75,294 in salary due to the suspension.

According to a league source, half of Spikes’ signing bonus was deferred to either the day before 2011 training camp, the Tuesday following the first regular season in 2011, or January 1, 2013. Spikes is also scheduled to receive a $450,000 roster bonus on the second day of training camp.

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