SAN DIEGO, March 7 (UPI) -- The San Diego Chargers Thursday released inside linebacker Takeo Spikes, a team captain for the past two years.
The 15-year veteran isn't retiring and said he hopes to find a new team this fall, U-T San Diego reported. Spikes, 36, started all 16 games for the Chargers last season with 79 tackles.
He had one year left on a three-year contract.
Releasing Spikes, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, frees $3 million in salary cap space, giving the Chargers more than $10 million in cap room as the free agency period begins next Tuesday.
"Takeo is a true professional and a class act," Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco said in a statement. "We're grateful for his many contributions to the Chargers organization, both on and off the field, and wish him nothing but the best in the future."