Brandon Spikes returns to Pats on 1-year deal

The Patriots spent the offseason combing the free-agent market for linebacking depth and have finally found their answer in a familiar face.

Brandon Spikes is coming back to New England on a one-year deal, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday. Spikes spent his first four seasons in New England before shipping up to Buffalo in 2014. The news of Spikes' deal was first reported by ESPN.

After posting a career low in tackles last season, it was clear Spikes wasn't going to survive the coaching change to Rex Ryan's version of the 3-4. General manager Doug Whaley did not view him as a full-time player.

The Patriots also released outside linebacker Cameron Gordon on Monday. Gordon spent the 2014 season on the injured reserve list.

And while he might not be a full-time player in New England, either, Spikes will make the comfortable choice and add some serious pop alongside Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower, both of whom are recovering from serious injuries.

Spikes visited with the Patriots at the beginning of the month.

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