With Paul Posluszny fleeing to Jacksonville, the Buffalo Bills have a clear need for help at inside linebacker. On Saturday, they continued to explore his replacement.
Former Green Bay Packers linebacker Nick Barnett met with the organization on Saturday, a meeting that included Buddy Nix and James Overdorf. He later had dinner with a couple of Bills players.
I’m told Barnett has received an offer from the Bills and has offers from at least two other teams. One of them is the Detroit Lions. A decision on who he joins is expected to come as early as Sunday.
Barnett was released from Green Bay this past Tuesday after eight seasons with the club. His season wa cut short last year when he hurt his wrist and was placed on Injured Reserve. His health reportedly became a concern in Green Bay, after finishing on I.R. two of the past three seasons.
Still, acquiring Barnett would be an excellent addition for the Bills. The former first-round pick in 2003 out of Oregon State is versatile and can play in either the 3-4 or 4-3 defense on the inside– a great fit for the Buffalo hybrid defense.
In 107 games with Green Bay Barnett had 15.5 sacks and nine interceptions. He’s had over 100 tackles in all six of his NFL seasons that he remained healthy.
The Bills took a run earlier this week at inside linebacker Kevin Burnett, but he signed with Miami. Clearly, the Bills know they need to add a veteran in the middle of their defense.
It could end up being Barnett.