Takeo Spikes' play in San Francisco was constantly overshadowed by all-pro Patrick Willis
Perhaps an even more under-the-radar ILB signing than Siler to the Chiefs was the guy who took Siler’s job: Takeo Spikes.
After letting Siler and Kevin Burnett walk, the Chargers were left with the veteran Stephen Cooper and some unproven youngsters, including rookie Jonas Mouton and Donald Butler, who will be playing his rookie season in spirit if not literally.
Without Spikes, the Chargers were one Cooper injury—not uncommon for a 35-year-old man—away from starting Mouton and Butler on the inside. If Mouton and Butler are the starters at the end of the year, fine. But San Diego would be in a precarious situation indeed starting such inexperienced players together from week 1.
Spikes changes the whole dynamic. Now, Spikes can take one of the starting ILB spots and keep it warm until Butler or Mouton is ready to fill in. Cooper will be doing the same, if Mouton doesn’t beat him out
straight away. Spikes is also an experienced leader who can teach these young players a lot about the game. Just as importantly, he can still play, even if he's a bit over the hill.
Sounds like a win-win situation for San Diego, and a great free agent signing.