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Nick Barnett

Bills Free Agency Rumors: Nick Barnett to the Bills?

To the frustration of many fans, the Bills haven’t exactly been big spenders during this free agency period, bringing in just WR/QB/?? Brad Smith and backup QB Tyler Thigpen. With glaring weaknesses still evident at several positions, there is understandable concern that the Bills aren’t doing nearly enough if the team hopes to be competitive in the rugged AFC East.

Well, there is some potential hope on the horizon today, as the Bills are apparently attempting to sign former Packers LB Nick Barnett. (Bills WR David Nelson broke the story that Barnett was in town over Twitter.)

Barnett would be a pretty big upgrade at inside linebacker. When’s he healthy, he’s a tackling machine, racking up over 100 tackles every complete season he’s played. He’s also very good in coverage, something the Bills could really use in its linebacker corps.

There is one big roadblock, however. Barnett is meeting with Detroit Monday and the Lions desperately want him. Barnett might find playing with the resurgent Lions more intriguing than Buffalo.

We’ll see. One would hope the Bills decide to spend some of that $30 million or so of cap space the team has left.

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