Eagles acquire LB Spikes from Bills

Mar 27, 2007 - 3:27 AM PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) - The Philadelphia Eagles needed an upgrade at linebacker and went out and got one on Monday.

The Eagles announced that they have acquired two-time Pro Bowler Takeo Spikes and quarterback Kelly Holcomb from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for defensive tackle Darwin Walker and a conditional 2008 draft pick.

The 30-year-old Spikes will give Philadelphia an upgrade on defense at the position they seemed to need it most. Dhani Jones has not been the playmaker the Eagles needed and Matt McCoy lost his starting job to rookie Omar Gaither late in the season.

The 13th overall pick in the 1998 draft, Spikes played his first five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. He spent the last four years in Buffalo and capped each of his first two seasons with the Bills with Pro Bowl appearances.

In 2004, Spikes registered his best all-around season, posting 111 tackles, a career-high five interceptions and three sacks. He played three games in 2005 after suffering a torn Achilles tendon and recorded 76 tackles and one sack in 12 games in 2006.

In his career, Spikes has played in 126 games, including 125 starts, and recorded 1,038 tackles, 21.5 sacks, and 12 interceptions.

"Takeo Spikes is a proven playmaker in the National Football League," Philadelphia general manager Tom Heckert said. "He has the ability to play all three linebacking positions and we're happy to add him to our defense."

Holcomb will serve as a backup behind Donovan McNabb and A.J. Feeley. In his career, Holcomb has completed 523-of-810 passes for 5,401 yards and 37 touchdowns.

The Eagles were able to acquire Spikes by dealing from a position of depth. The loss of Walker will be eased by the recent addition of defensive tackle Montae Reagor, who came over from Indianapolis and signed a three-year deal on Wednesday.

Reagor and Broderick Bunkley, the Eagles' first-round draft pick a year ago, will have to step up in the absence of Walker, who had 26.5 sacks since 2002, fifth among all defensive tackles.

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