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Nick Barnett bolsters the defense in Washington


After visiting Washington and working out for the team today, free agent linebacker Nick Barnett has signed a one-year contract.

Barnett confirmed the signing with a four-character tweet, writing, “HTTR,” for “Hail to the Redskins.”

The Washington Post reports that Barnett met with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, “fell in love” with the team’s coaching staff and is particularly excited to be playing with linebacker London Fletcher.

Barnett started all 16 games each of the last two seasons for the Bills after playing eight seasons for the Packers before that.

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61 Responses to “Nick Barnett bolsters the defense in Washington”
  1. raiderfankirk says: Jul 31, 2013 9:55 PM

    Have’nt been keeping up with the skins lately, but damb… sounds sweet at LB.

  2. djstat says: Jul 31, 2013 9:55 PM

    Another injury prone guy in DC

  3. alldonesmith says: Jul 31, 2013 9:58 PM

    Well if Nick Barnett loves the coaching staff that much maybe he should just marry them!

  4. rg3enoughsaid says: Jul 31, 2013 9:58 PM

    Who else can add a guy who led his previous team in tackles last season, as DEPTH! HTTR

  5. dirtydrynn27 says: Jul 31, 2013 9:59 PM

    1st place in the nfc east once again!!!!

  6. skinsfan91 says: Jul 31, 2013 10:04 PM

    Great signing. Can rotate in at ILB with Keenan Robinson going down. HTTR.

  7. peytonsneckl8 says: Jul 31, 2013 10:12 PM

    HTTR! Great signing!

  8. fafaflunky says: Jul 31, 2013 10:14 PM

    kick start your career nick by
    sacking eli

  9. cdrion21 says: Jul 31, 2013 10:14 PM

    Its a sign that things are looking good in dc, when a solid veteran is ok with signing on to be a back up. Its ashame the skins needed him because Robinson got hurt again, but he fills a need and now has a chance to learn the D as a backup and if he plays well maybe replace London when he retires this offseason. I call this a win win

  10. skinzfan21 says: Jul 31, 2013 10:16 PM

    Great pickup!

  11. unbiasfan says: Jul 31, 2013 10:20 PM

    London Fletcher & Nick Barnett on the same team? You can now call the Redskins the “all retirement” team

  12. theoriginalbvan says: Jul 31, 2013 10:21 PM

    Does he still have the Dracula toothed mouth piece?

  13. michaeljacksonisback says: Jul 31, 2013 10:23 PM

    Redskins are def looking good this year! Not a fan, but not a hater either. Good luck this year Washington! Thank The Lord for football season!!!

  14. justlntuckrule says: Jul 31, 2013 10:26 PM


    Fell in love with the coaching staff because some of them actually knew who he was.


  15. edelmanfanclub says: Jul 31, 2013 10:29 PM

    Jeffrey Lurie is shocked and appalled.

  16. dcfan999 says: Jul 31, 2013 10:31 PM

    Great pickup

  17. axespray says: Jul 31, 2013 10:50 PM

    Even thou Barnett and London are old – that linebacker group in Washington is looking pretty good.

  18. swaggyy says: Jul 31, 2013 10:52 PM

    Bolster? Lol. The redskins D is pathetic. Just got even worse

  19. dcfan999 says: Jul 31, 2013 10:53 PM

    Good signing had 100 tackles last year

  20. swaggyy says: Jul 31, 2013 10:53 PM

    Hold This Towel Robert!

  21. pgcubano says: Jul 31, 2013 10:54 PM

    @michaeljacksonisback..I wish there were more fans like u..httr

  22. officialgame says: Jul 31, 2013 11:02 PM

    That’s why he was on the street until today and nobody wanted him because he is so great. Bottom line he can’t run or cover anymore so the only thing he will bolster is the other teams passing stats.

  23. buffalodiehard says: Jul 31, 2013 11:09 PM

    Cuz guys still available July 31 are awesome.

  24. laserw says: Jul 31, 2013 11:15 PM

    All those who attack London Fletcher need to remember – he has more energy and effectiveness than the entire defenses of the NY Marabitches, Philtydelphia Iggles, and Jerry’s Girls.

    London may be getting old, but he still runs circles around most young players and he is a leader.

    Adding Barnett to this team adds depth, costs next to nothing, and only makes the team that much stronger with his leadership.

    It is kinda funny that the Redskins are adding pieces at low cost and still getting slammed. Redskin haters never give up trying to insult a team that has turned the corner and no longer builds a fantasy team and wins every off season. Now that adults run the place, we only care about winning it all now.

    HTTR. We might even overcome our mediocre QB, The China Doll.

  25. wwwmattcom says: Jul 31, 2013 11:21 PM

    Enjoy. Can’t plug a hole. Gets rub over or makes tackles down field. Also can’t cover.

  26. greenmeattruck says: Jul 31, 2013 11:23 PM

    They’ve got a thing for washed up LB’s in DC.

  27. nemesder says: Jul 31, 2013 11:31 PM

    Remember the last linebacker the skins got from the bills?
    Let’s hope history repeats itself

  28. bghaze7 says: Jul 31, 2013 11:37 PM

    @skinsfan91 wish Keenan Robinson was healthy but the signing of nick Barnett was due to him tearing his pectoral muscle this past week. Great signing nonetheless. HTTR

  29. ubepunkedagain says: Aug 1, 2013 12:01 AM

    Sweet signing! Adding a 32 year old to back up or play along side a 38 year old. They better order a few more AEDs. It’s going to be funny watching these two guys falling on themselves and the Skins D getting torched.

  30. frencha2384 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:04 AM

    As a bills fan I can tell ya them letting fletcher go was a huge mistake as he has proven in the past 5-6 yrs and I feel them letting Barnett follow the same path will be an exact duplicate to fletcher. I love how u all say he’s injury prone hasn’t missed a game in two years

  31. thefootballgodssay says: Aug 1, 2013 12:15 AM

    he stinks 2013 NFC EAST CHAMPS NYG

  32. tinbender2000 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:40 AM

    After visiting Washington and working out for the team today, free agent linebacker Nick Barnett has signed a one-year contract with them anyway.

    Barnett confirmed the signing with a four-character tweet, writing, “HTTR,” for “Hate These Terrible Racists”.

  33. guiness17 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:40 AM

    lol @ poster who said ‘injury prone’. Miss the bit in the article that said he started all 16 games the last two years? He only missed games twice in 8 years on the Packers!

  34. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:51 AM

    They need somebody to help lift and carry IRG3 off the field and onto the medical table.

  35. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:03 AM

    I bet if he signed with the Giants, skins fans woulda said “dudes overated and washed up” now they got him, hes a great signing, perfect situati, BLAH BLAH, lol

  36. logicalvoicesmuzzle says: Aug 1, 2013 2:23 AM

    Nick Barnett can’t bolster anything let alone a
    Defense. Won’t do anything in DC

  37. floratiotime says: Aug 1, 2013 4:58 AM

    Scraps for the Skins. It’s what they deserve.

  38. lagg1 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:13 AM

    I will believe it when I see it-Washington hasn’t won a title in 21 years.


  39. dannymac17 says: Aug 1, 2013 6:04 AM

    Say what you will about the guy, but hes been a quality linebacker his whole career, not mind blowing numbers. But he does do things that don’t show up on the stat sheet.

  40. buffalose says: Aug 1, 2013 6:20 AM

    Fan. Of barnett, but man did he decline past few yrs. got abused in coverage, missed alot of tackles. Dont get carried awat “HTTR”s, Barnett IS, a back up.

  41. gbfan says: Aug 1, 2013 7:12 AM

    “Bolster” may be a little strong.

  42. akilimak says: Aug 1, 2013 7:21 AM

    Man…Now that’s an old crusty LB’in core there

  43. boyshole25 says: Aug 1, 2013 7:27 AM

    Solid depth signing

  44. dcdiehard82 says: Aug 1, 2013 8:05 AM


  45. kerryc21realty says: Aug 1, 2013 8:10 AM

    Smart draft picks, smart free agent pickups, and next year will be $40 million under the cap. Look out for this team

  46. dspyank2k11 says: Aug 1, 2013 8:25 AM

    I thought he was a good player in Buffalo. Redskins got a good one.

    Not at all “injury prone” it must have been all that cheese in Wisconsin 🙂

  47. tripleb4444 says: Aug 1, 2013 8:41 AM

    Not a skins fan but this seems like solid pickup.

  48. n0hopeleft says: Aug 1, 2013 8:47 AM

    The guy is as washed up as any veteran LB signing in the NFL, but Redtail fans all say “great signing!”

    If any other team in the NFCE signed this guy, Redtail fans would have nothing but negativity.

    Silly Redtail fans… You are in for a rude awakening this year.

  49. dublindemonszfl says: Aug 1, 2013 9:54 AM


  50. whatjusthapped says: Aug 1, 2013 10:08 AM

    good luck with that clown. His Packer career is best known for ridiculous celebrations on routine tackles or worse, celebrations for tackles 5 yards downfield or tackles in the 4th Qtr when teams had a lead and were running the ball to run out the clock.

    The guy is dumber than a box of rocks so this signing has not much to “hail” about.

  51. rgtre10 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:20 AM

    This from a guy who’s QB is one blow to the neck from being done…

    peytonsneck18 says:
    Aug 1, 2013 1:51 AM
    They need somebody to help lift and carry IRG3 off the field and onto the medical table.

    Get real any player can get hurt at anytime whether OTA’s, mini camp, training camp or during the season. All these attacks on RGIII is nonsense…Big Ben, Brady, Ryan, Peyton, Stafford have all been hurt in the pocket so it doesn’t matter whether you are in or out of the pocket, or whether you get hit or not injuries will occur.

  52. rex1979 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:37 AM

    Solid pick up.

  53. skinsandstars says: Aug 1, 2013 10:48 AM


    The only rude awakening will be for Cowgirls, eagles, and dwarfs fans as the Skins Repeat taking the division.

  54. Advanced Strength Training Programs says: Aug 1, 2013 11:00 AM

    How great can he be? He had good stats last year and was still looking for a job in July. Something is wrong there. Insignificant pick up. The skins will be back to irrelevancy very soon

  55. sbchampsagain says: Aug 1, 2013 11:35 AM

    That defense needs some bolstering.
    Isnt’ London Fletcher older than Ray Lewis?

  56. richturpin says: Aug 1, 2013 11:38 AM

    The genius who said ‘another injury prone guy in DC’ needs to do his homework….Barnett has started all 139 games of his career….sounds injury prone to me, not at all.

  57. mnesmith77 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:47 AM

    The guy has had 100 plus tackles every season besides the two he was injured since 2003. I call than consistent.

  58. bencrewe1 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:48 AM

    Him and London in the middle ,means Tackles,tackles,tackles. Say what you want about him ,but he is a tackling machine,just check his stats. HTTR

  59. thirdistheworrd says: Aug 1, 2013 12:55 PM

    buffalose says: Aug 1, 2013 6:20 AM

    Fan. Of barnett, but man did he decline past few yrs. got abused in coverage, missed alot of tackles. Dont get carried awat “HTTR”s, Barnett IS, a back up.
    You got that totally right. He is a backup. Barnett was a depth signing to replace Keenan Robinson, a second year player who was “abused in coverage” and “missed ‘alot’ of tackles” in the 65 snaps he took last year. So having Barnett as a third/forth string linebacker is something to be excited about.

  60. skinsfan91 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:32 PM

    I’m not excited about this signing. I think it’s a good signing considering our situation. The reason he wasn’t picked up earlier is that he still had to get some work done on his knee. He was getting feelers, liked the redskins situation most.

  61. rdsknfn21 says: Aug 4, 2013 5:50 PM

    It’s a great signing – adds depth at low cost for a one year deal. If it doesn’t pan out, he won’t be re-signed.

    Btw London and Rob Jackson combined for 9 INTs last year. And so I ask: Do we really need Barnett for coverage? No! So, everybody relax about his coverage skills.

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