Spikes signed a one-year contract with the Bills on Sunday, a source informed of the deal told NFL Media's Mike Garafolo. The linebacker, who played for Buffalo in 2014, has spent his entire career in the AFC East, playing his first four seasons with the New England Patriots. Last week, he worked out for the Dolphins but left without a deal.
Spikes was set to rejoin the Patriots in 2015, but was released by the team after his involvement in a vehicular hit-and-run incident. He was then suspended four games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, but he served the ban during his time as a free agent, a source with knowledge of the situation told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Now he gets to enjoy the Rex and Rob Ryan experience, as neither brother was in Buffalo during Spikes' first stint with the team.
The Patriots selected the University of Florida product in the second round of the 2010 draft, and Spikes was a staple at inside linebacker early on in Bill Belichick's defense.