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Bills give Nick Barnett his walking papers

Russell Wilson, Nick Barnett AP

The Bills will be sporting a different look at outside linebacker next season.

Nick Barnett has started the last 32 games for the team, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be making it 33 come September. Barnett announced via Twitter on Monday that the Bills have informed him that he’ll be released. He said a classy goodbye to the team and Bills fans.

“I was told I’ll be released today by the Buffalo Bills. Thanks to all the great fans and friends I have met in Western New York,” Barnett wrote. “It was truly a pleasure being apart of that organization and culture. Very unfortunate we didn’t get the Bills to the playoffs but I know you guys will have many successful years ahead of you.”

Barnett signed a three-year deal with the Bills before the 2011 season and was set to make $3.5 million in 2013. He was solid in both seasons for the Bills, winding up with 242 tackles, five sacks, three interceptions and four interceptions over the two years, but the Bills defense didn’t meet expectations in either year. With a new coaching staff in place, Barnett probably won’t wind up as the only solid player let go as the team searches for something more than that in the future.

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14 Responses to “Bills give Nick Barnett his walking papers”
  1. duster1982 says: Feb 11, 2013 2:05 PM

    It’s like you predicted the future!
    George Wilson was just let go as well.

  2. johosophat says: Feb 11, 2013 2:06 PM

    Classy guy, loved him when he played on the Packers wish him the best of luck!

  3. randyschwimmer7 says: Feb 11, 2013 2:06 PM

    So combined, he wound up with 7 interceptions?

  4. travishenryskid says: Feb 11, 2013 2:11 PM

    His play really declined this past year. He definitely has lost a step, so this is no surprise. Best of luck to him though.

  5. davekiid says: Feb 11, 2013 2:25 PM

    Please bring him back Pack, guy should have been a Packer for life. At the very least he provides great depth and leadership.

  6. shaggytoodle says: Feb 11, 2013 2:27 PM

    johosophat says: Feb 11, 2013 2:06 PM

    Classy guy, loved him when he played on the Packers wish him the best of luck!
    _______

    I enjoyed him as a Packer as well he was a tackling machine his rookie year, but its clear you don’t remember the fight he got into with a DJ at a club.

  7. jwcarlson says: Feb 11, 2013 2:28 PM

    Seems like he has straightened out some. Was a bit of a blowhard when with the Packers but when they released him he was very professional in the manor that he left. I paid attention to him after he left and he seemed pretty successful in Buffalo. But you don’t get into the playoffs being older and slower. He will probably find a place making much less money as a depth guy. Best of luck to him!

  8. wojowbk says: Feb 11, 2013 2:32 PM

    Welcome to Oakland, Nick!

    With his old linebackers coach coming on board and the impending release of McClain this makes too much sense.

  9. EJ says: Feb 11, 2013 2:35 PM

    Terrible move by the Bills. Barnett was basically the only solid LB they had. -1 for you Marrone.

  10. skoobyfl says: Feb 11, 2013 2:35 PM

    We’re cutting the fat others couldn’t see to let go.

  11. tomcous says: Feb 11, 2013 3:14 PM

    LB Corps were not up to par given the strength of the Def Line … changes needed to be made. Classy guy who will catch-on elsewhere. Good luck Nick!

  12. threedeep1998 says: Feb 11, 2013 3:22 PM

    Cue the Packer fans “dude was so classy”

  13. catquick says: Feb 11, 2013 5:11 PM

    Come on Bills fans, Pettine will ask for Landry and a Jet LB let go. He wants his own guys. It’s that simple

  14. mackcarrington says: Feb 11, 2013 6:50 PM

    Did not know that he got into a fight at a nightclub. I do recall that James Lofton had an incident at a nightclub also. Seems that as soon as you have an off-field incident in Green Bay , they show you the door, no matter how “classy” you are.

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