By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
No. 99: March 26, 2007 – The Bills trade Takeo Spikes and Kelly Holcomb to Philadelphia for Darwin Walker and a seventh-round draft choice in 2007 (Stevie Johnson).
Takeo Spikes was one of the Bills’ biggest free agent signings, as he jumped from the Bengals in 2003. He was an effective player during his four years in Buffalo. However, by 2007 the Bills had a need for a defensive tackle.
Spikes was a key part of the package that went to Philadelphia, which was looking for a veteran linebacker. Darwin Walker was the big piece coming here in return. However, Walker refused to report without getting a new contract. The Bills turned around and shipped Walker to Chicago for a draft choice.
The best part of the original deal for Buffalo was that conditional choice. The Bills used that seventh-round pick on Stevie Johnson, who spent six seasons here and had three years with at least 75 catches.
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