In a move that really can’t be looked at as anything but a positive, the Bills came to terms today with former Packer LB Nick Barnett. Barnett broke the news via his Twitter page. The always-on-the-spot Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the deal is worth $12 million over three years, with $6 million guaranteed.
Barnett spent the weekend visiting in Buffalo and was apparently impressed. Via his Twitter page: “God has blessed me once again to be part of a great organization.. Great coaches, Great staff, Great players and more importantly great fans.”
The 30-year-old Barnett has spent his entire eight-year career in Green Bay up to this point. He’s been a mainstay in the Packer linebacking corps when healthy, racking up six 100+ tackle seasons to go with 15.5 career sacks and nine career interceptions.
Barnett represents a nice upgrade to the current crop of inside linebackers in Buffalo, and you can pencil him as the starter in the spot former occupied by Paul Posluszny. However, this isn’t a signing without risk: Barnett has struggled with injury in recent seasons, missing large chunks of the 2008 and 2010 campaigns.
All in all, though, this is a signing to be pleased about. Barnett comes at a reasonable price and brings experience in the 3-4. He’s strong against the run and pass and should be an every-down player. Assuming he can say healthy, he’ll be an invaluable member of the Bills this season.
What do you think?