While discussing his free agency during an interview Wednesday on NFL Network, former Florida Gators linebacker Brandon Spikes did not parse words when asked whether quarterback Tim Tebow would succeed if given another chance in the NFL.
“I love Tim Tebow. I love Tim Tebow. He’s a great person, and I think he’s a great quarterback. He gets the job done, and at the end of the day, he wins,” Spikes said. “Given the opportunity, I think he’ll go out there and perform.
“I’ve already set my watch: it’s Tebow time.”
Tebow worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday but did not sign with the team. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is reportedly trying to execute a trade for third-string QB Matt Barkley with the intention of adding Tebow, a free agent, to the roster.
Spikes, who is currently a free agent after signing with the Buffalo Bills on a one-year deal in 2014 and serving as the captain of the defense, is enthused about the opportunity to continue playing.
“I’m here, I’m available, and I’m ready to play the game I love,” Spikes said. “I’ll play anywhere, man.
“Right now I’m just focused on training and being available, and I’ll let my agency handle [finding me an opportunity]. I just want teams to know that I’m ready to play. I’m ready to be a leader, ready to set that tone for a team and bring that winning mentality to the locker room.”
He also expressed his patience with the process despite the fact that he has been a productive player and seen action in 47 games over the last three seasons.
“I just want to play the game. It’s just that simple, man,” Spikes continued. “I see guys flying off the board, and I’m just like, ‘When am I going to get my chance?’ I’m just waiting patiently. It’s an exciting time for me and my family.”