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Source: Former Patriots linebacker Spikes agrees to deal with Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Free-agent linebacker Brandon Spikes agreed to a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills, a person familiar with the negotiations said last night.

The person spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the Bills haven’t announced the move with the former New England linebacker.

Spikes had 86 tackles and an interception last season, the former Florida player’s fourth with the Patriots. He’s rejoining former Patriots linebackers coach Pepper Johnson, the Bills’ new defensive line coach.

Bills General Manager Doug Whaley has been busy, also adding guard Chris Williams and cornerback Corey Graham and re-signing tight end Scott Chandler.

Free-agent running back Anthony Dixon also was visiting the Bills and tweeted he was prepared to sign a deal.

“So glad to be the newest member of the Buffalo Bills...gonna make this thang offficial in the morning,” he tweeted.

He ran for 458 yards and eight touchdowns in four seasons San Francisco, but dropped down the depth chart behind Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter. Dixon played some at fullback after Bruce Miller went down with an injury.

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