Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, poised to be a free agent next week, said Friday on NFL Network's "NFL AM" he is ready to move on from New England.

"I would never say never -- everybody (says) you never want to burn a bridge," he said of returning to New England. "But I just feel like both sides would benefit from a fresh start."

Spikes reiterated that it was his knee injury that ended his 2013 season -- not missing a meeting.

The controversy bubbled in New England last season after Spikes was surprisingly placed on injured reserve.

The linebacker said he is "100 percent" healthy and that the disagreement is "in the past and it's time to move on."

Spikes ranks No. 29 on Around The League's top 101 free-agent list and as the top inside linebacker available.

While most believe Spikes is an old-school two-down run-stopper, the linebacker disagrees with that sentiment.