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Packers say so long to Nick Barnett

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The Packers have decided they have enough well paid inside linebackers.

Nick Barnett said via Twitter that the Packers have informed him he will be let go.

“Just met with G.M. Ted [Thompson]. Thanks for the great 8 years. Very blessed 2 be apart of such a great tradition and great fans,” Barnett wrote via Twitter.  “Happy I was able to be here for the great xlv run… I will always keep a Special place in my heart for this team and city.”

A.J. Hawk and Desmond Bishop both signed long-term deals with the Packers before the lockout, which spelled the end of Barnett’s run in Green Bay.  He will be one of the better inside linebacker options out there in free agency.

The Packers will likely to try to trade Barnett before cutting him, but that will be difficult to pull off.

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55 Responses to “Packers say so long to Nick Barnett”
  1. axespray says: Jul 26, 2011 12:22 PM

    We’ll probably just let him go to free agency (like Kampman) instead of trading him to a place he may or may not like… idk, good Karma

  2. mjs2012 says: Jul 26, 2011 12:23 PM

    Good to see that he was actually classy on Twitter for once.

  3. scoops1 says: Jul 26, 2011 12:24 PM

    As a Packer fan….i had mixed emotions of the guy..he never fully produced nor did he really live up to his expectations. He was very vocal but wasn’t a true leader.

    However, his tweet was def sincere and you can tell he will miss GB

    Theres always the speculation that players dread goin to GB but once they are there, they never want to leave

  4. connorchew says: Jul 26, 2011 12:24 PM

    if this teams wanted to trade him.. i mean REALLY wanted to, they wouldn’t make it public he’s going to be cut if he’s not traded. because then teams just say ” okay, we’ll bid when he hits the open market”. like a vince young, mcnab. they wont get a dime for them because they come out and say they’ll cut him if he’s not traded.

  5. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 26, 2011 12:25 PM

    Something tells me he’ll be a Cowboy – they need a brute in the middle, and he’d be perfect there.

  6. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 26, 2011 12:25 PM

    Not a suprise at all.

    Injury prone, aging and overpaid is a difficult combination.

    Great fit for a developing defense in Detroit or helping in Houston.

    Look for many vulture teams to be circling any player cut from the abundance of talent the Packers have to cut.

  7. medtxpack says: Jul 26, 2011 12:26 PM

    Thanks Nick for the good years. best of luck!

  8. clintonrb says: Jul 26, 2011 12:27 PM

    bring him to kc to work alongside derrick johnson

  9. riverhorsey says: Jul 26, 2011 12:27 PM

    KC might be a good fit.

  10. djax10isthebomb says: Jul 26, 2011 12:28 PM

    He’d be a decent pick up if the Eagles aren’t going to resign Stew meat. The 4-3 is his stronger suit anyways, in my opinion. All I know is the birds need to invest in some better talent at the LB position if they really want to improve the defense. Andy has always put that position on the back burner…

  11. frankgarrett says: Jul 26, 2011 12:29 PM

    Next Stop for Mr. Barnett .. The Vikings .. They like Washed up Packers

  12. dcryan82 says: Jul 26, 2011 12:30 PM

    Would love to see the phins bring in Barnett to replace Crowder. Pipe dream…

  13. broncobeta says: Jul 26, 2011 12:30 PM

    Really classy way to leave. Don’t see that too often.

  14. jimmysee says: Jul 26, 2011 12:30 PM

    Nick Barnett is a good guy — hope he finds a good opportunity and a soft landing.

    (But not in the NFC North!)

  15. chris6523 says: Jul 26, 2011 12:31 PM

    No surprise here. Barnett is a solid player, not great. He’s young enough and athletic enough to have a few good years left in him. My guess is he ends up staying in the NFC North.

  16. benfaith says: Jul 26, 2011 12:32 PM

    they didnt need him… he would be a good fit off the bench for the giants

  17. onebadace says: Jul 26, 2011 12:32 PM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing him suit up for the Eagles. We need help at LB.

  18. capslockkey says: Jul 26, 2011 12:34 PM

    Doubt they even bother to trade him and just release him, as it would be hard with that contract of his just coming off an injury.

  19. dizbucs says: Jul 26, 2011 12:34 PM

    Bye bye Ruud… Hello Mr. Barnett.

  20. claymath52 says: Jul 26, 2011 12:34 PM

    And now starting for your Minnesota Vikings…….Nick Barnett!!!!

  21. chuckyd317 says: Jul 26, 2011 12:36 PM

    Fitting it was announced via Twitter….

  22. rpiotr01 says: Jul 26, 2011 12:36 PM

    At least Ted did it face to face. He has a reputation for being cold with this sort of thing, but Barnett deserved a face to face sit down for this sort of thing.

    Barnett was a great Packer. though essentially drafted a year too late. It was Mike Vick running rampant sideline to sideline at Lambeau that spurred the drafting of Nick Barnett in 2003. Since then he’s provided a consistent high level of play at ILB, moving rather seamlessly from the 4-3 to 3-4.

    As happens to many players in the NFL, injuries ultimately did him in, providing the opportunity for Desmond Bishop and AJ Hawk to shine as a tandem.

    Thanks to Barnett for the effort and for the memories, and best of luck in the future. Just don’t sign with the Vikings.

  23. 4lilnoles says: Jul 26, 2011 12:37 PM

    Looks like Barnett is headed to Jacksonville. Kampman will help get him here.

  24. supermariojosh says: Jul 26, 2011 12:37 PM

    Upon receiving the news he immediately overcelebrated for no reason. Good on ya Nick – thanks for your years of solid service to the Pack. Time to amped about routine tackles elsewhere though.

  25. stonedolphin89 says: Jul 26, 2011 12:37 PM

    With his experience in a high end scheme and work with Dom Capers, he could be a good fit over in Miami. I certainly wouldn’t hate the idea of Barnett in a Dolphins uniform.

  26. bturner032002 says: Jul 26, 2011 12:38 PM

    He has a ring now and is probably very happy with his nfl career so far. It’s time to go to the highest bidder and get that retirement check!

  27. lionfan419 says: Jul 26, 2011 12:39 PM

    Please come to Detroit! We need a inside LB and then sign Bullock or Tulloch!

  28. jeffm916 says: Jul 26, 2011 12:40 PM

    New York Giants here I come…

  29. youboettcha says: Jul 26, 2011 12:41 PM

    I hope they can trade him. Maybe for another unwanted player. Guys who are cut don’t provide the possibility of compensatory draft picks. Aaron Kampman’s contact ran out, so GB got a 4th round pick this year.

  30. alarmbottle says: Jul 26, 2011 12:43 PM

    Never liked his awkward samurai stunt after play, but I thank him for all the solid linebacker years in GB.

  31. 15gb2 says: Jul 26, 2011 12:45 PM

    welcome to the broncos, Von miller, barnett.. and dj williams.. I like..

  32. straw33 says: Jul 26, 2011 12:45 PM

    Nicky B! Sorry to see him go, but he deserves to be a starter somewhere. In years 3 thru 5 of his career, I felt like he was shafted a little bit, by not making the probowl. Great Packer, as he played great for us during those years. I wish him the best of luck!

  33. straw33 says: Jul 26, 2011 12:46 PM

    One question regarding the CBA, are there still compensatory picks given when losing free agents, ala Kampman?

  34. axespray says: Jul 26, 2011 12:50 PM

    “Barnett was drafted a year too late. It was Mike Vick running rampant sideline to sideline at Lambeau that spurred the drafting of Nick Barnett in 2003″

    I think it was “years” too late, imagine if we Had Nick Barnett in Superbowl 32. Be cool to have someone aside from Gravedigger and Reggie trying to tackle TD. Nothing against Sharper, but he can’t tackle.

  35. jagernation says: Jul 26, 2011 12:50 PM

    just the kind of player the Buccaneers need to look at. Can’t sit on that cap money any more, and LB position needs help

  36. andyreidisfat says: Jul 26, 2011 12:53 PM

    I think KC would be a great spot for this guy.

  37. scoops1 says: Jul 26, 2011 12:55 PM

    maybe now CM3 will switch to #56

  38. packerrube13 says: Jul 26, 2011 12:56 PM

    @Straw 33, he is cut, not a FA. So no compensation.

  39. uwsptke says: Jul 26, 2011 1:00 PM

    rpiotr01 says:
    Jul 26, 2011 12:36 PM
    At least Ted did it face to face. He has a reputation for being cold with this sort of thing, but Barnett deserved a face to face sit down for this sort of thing.

    ==============================

    That’s absolutely not the case. The front office/management team in place has told every former player face-to-face when they are released, it doesn’t matter who they were. A lot of teams have staffers inform the players when they are released, but even the guys in training camp have either been told directly by McCarthy (most of the time) or Thompson (rest of the time).

    Also, with his samurai celebration, isn’t the obvious headline for this article “Packers say ‘Sayonara’ to Nick Barnett”?

  40. duece5 says: Jul 26, 2011 1:05 PM

    scoops1 says:
    Jul 26, 2011 12:24 PM
    As a Packer fan….i had mixed emotions of the guy..he never fully produced nor did he really live up to his expectations. He was very vocal but wasn’t a true leader.

    However, his tweet was def sincere and you can tell he will miss GB

    Theres always the speculation that players dread goin to GB but once they are there, they never want to leave

    duece5 says:

    Hey scoop, TAKE OFF THE GREEN AND GOLD glasses dude. He’s a professional athelete…..THEY ALL WANT PAID. Gee, gbay is such a “destination” place, that 90% of their own don”t even live there!! What a joke! The “never want to leave” is laughable…..get over yourself, they ALL want paid…..WHEREVER it is!!

  41. anactualnflowner says: Jul 26, 2011 1:19 PM

    “bturner032002 says: Jul 26, 2011 12:38 PM

    He has a ring now and is probably very happy with his nfl career so far. It’s time to go to the highest bidder and get that retirement check!”

    Right, because you’ve come full circle as an NFL player when your team wins the Super Bowl while you are on IR. I agree he’ll go after the money, but tie goes to the better team because that ring doesn’t mean as much as it does to players who suited up for the Super Bowl.

  42. humb0lt says: Jul 26, 2011 1:35 PM

    Nick Barnett will land in San Diego and when the Packers come to town Nov. 6 Nick will snag a pick-six off AarBear and that will be the difference in the Chargers’ victory.

  43. stellarperformance says: Jul 26, 2011 1:36 PM

    Pedestrian performer. Came up big in small games. Packers have too much in reserve to keep him for the money he (thinks he) deserves.

  44. glac1 says: Jul 26, 2011 1:51 PM

    Big Packer fan and I think they made a huge mistake.

  45. giantjeff says: Jul 26, 2011 2:02 PM

    Osi for Barnett? That makes sense

  46. kayotiicdat says: Jul 26, 2011 2:14 PM

    I wonder how many of these Pecker fans are actually from Wisconsin… Hmmm 1 maybe 2, what a joke of so called fans

  47. nflpuppetmaster says: Jul 26, 2011 2:23 PM

    Barnett was probably going to be a former Packer this year anyway, injury or not. While he performed OK in the Capers system, he was a poor fit. Especially with the emergence of younger players in the system. The chances of him signing with a 3-4 team are slim. Look for him to sign with a 4-3 team. His best fit might be the cover 2. I keep hearing Minnesota as a possible destination, but you might see Chicago make a run at him, considering they only have two LBs under contract.

  48. rodgerthat says: Jul 26, 2011 2:40 PM

    kayotiicdat : “Pecker fans” “A joke of so called fans”….really?? I can only guess where you and drop a double duece5 in a sand trap are from…..lmfao……..

  49. stavreafavre says: Jul 26, 2011 3:41 PM

    Good luck Samurai. A year ago I was sure Hawk would be the one to go, but Hawk and Bishop seemed to have good chemistry side by side. Anyway, fans appreciate a guy who doesn’t burn bridges – or the whole town – on his way out.

  50. westcoastpackerfan says: Jul 26, 2011 4:36 PM

    Not a big surprise, but it is intersting to get this insight from the guys on Twitter… Now Daryn Colledge seems to be hinting on Twitter (1:16 PM PDT)that he might be gone (via unrestricted free agency)… Packers probably not interested in offerning him long term deal

  51. momentumtech says: Jul 26, 2011 5:53 PM

    He could be an upgrade for the Jaguars linebacking corps which only has 1 solid starter right now.

  52. tangysizzl says: Jul 26, 2011 6:23 PM

    Hate to see you leave 56 but the writing was on the wall my friend. Thanks for the years of service and may you strike it rich somewhere else in the near future.

  53. fenny88 says: Jul 26, 2011 6:30 PM

    way to over play your hand ted but he needed to go either way i guess

  54. gophersnot says: Jul 26, 2011 7:50 PM

    I live in Green Bay and have met Barnett several times. All I can say is he is a total dick in person. He is arrogant, condescending and rude.

    Most of the players are very polite and friendly, not Barnett.

    Good riddance.

  55. tokyolionsfan says: Jul 26, 2011 8:49 PM

    Hope Mayhew jumps on him – Lions need to load up on ILB’s and CB’s!

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