By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — Brandon Spikes officially became an NFL free agent at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Apparently, it came not a moment too soon.

Spikes, 26, expressed a desire earlier this week to move on from New England, and he sent his goodbye message precisely when the clock struck 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

“It’s been real,” Spikes tweeted, “it’s been fun. But it hasn’t been real fun lol. Thank u to the cities of New England & @Patriots for an amazing run. #PoWwW”

Spikes has never spoken publicly about his grievances with the Patriots, per se, but he has at least hinted via Twitter that he’s been restrained at times in terms of speaking his mind.

The linebacker was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2010 draft. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve prior to the postseason reportedly after he missed a meeting, leading to speculation that Spikes could have played but was being disciplined by the team.

Spikes said this week on NFL Network that both he and the Patriots could benefit from a “fresh start.” His tweet on Tuesday let it be known loud and clear that the fresh start begins now.


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