Around the League

Presented By

Buffalo Bills cut veterans Nick Barnett, George Wilson

The new Buffalo Bills coaching staff is in place. The inevitable roster cuts have started to follow.

Veteran linebacker Nick Barnett tweeted on Monday that he was informed of his release. Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reported that safety George Wilsonalso was let go.

Offseason Forecast: Buffalo Bills

CJ Spiller-130207-Spot.jpg

With the offseason under way, Around The League examines what's next for all 32 teams. Patrick Crawley tackles the Bills. More ...

Barnett's release is not a huge surprise. Even though he remains an effective run-stopper, Barnett was exposed in pass coverage too often. He was set to make $3.5 million. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport said his release was listed as a failed physical on the league's transaction wire.

Cutting Wilson is more of an eye-opener. He was slated to make almost $3 million, but he was coming off an effective season when he was a captain and 16-game starter.

Perhaps this is a sign the Bills are confident they will retain impending free agent Jairus Byrd with the franchise tag or a free agent contract. These moves will help free up money for the Bills to bring back core talented players like Byrd and guard Andy Levitre.

Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content

Purchase single game tickets for the 2022 season