Takeo Spikes cut by Chargers; doesn’t want to retire
Spikes is a 15 year veteran of the NFL, making stops in Cincinnati (who drafted him 13th overall in the 1998 NFL draft), Buffalo, Philadelphia, San Francisco and finally San Diego. He started all 32 games for the Chargers over the last two seasons and was set to make $3 million in 2013. Over the course of his career, he has been a pro-bowler twice as well as a two time all-pro.
Spikes commented on his release on Twitter this morning, saying:
“Thank you to the @chargers, Spanos family & fans for the opportunity to represent the organization. I look forward to this upcoming season.”
Chargers general manager Tom Telesco had good things to say about Spikes.
“”Takeo is a true professional and a class act,” Telesco said in a statement. “We’re grateful for his many contributions to the Chargers organization, both on and off the field, and wish him nothing but the best in the future.”
Spikes plans to play another season despite his age (he’s 36 now) and attempt to break one of the most unfortunate records in the NFL. He holds the sad distinction of playing in the most NFL games (219) without a playoff appearance. He hopes to be able to play at least one more season and finally see playoff football.