"Save yourself some time and ink," Smith said while in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine. "Takeo Spikes isn't going anywhere. He will be a Charger this season. We are very fortunate to have him as part of this situation. He's a true professional in every sense of the word and brings a veteran presence in our locker room."
Spikes, a 35-year-old scheduled to earn $2.8 million next season, led the Chargers with 106 total tackles while starting every game in 2011 despite biceps and back injuries and a concussion.
Smith did not address whether Spikes might have to restructure his contract.