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Redskins sign veteran LB Nick Barnett to one-year deal

By John Breech |

Former Bills and Packers linebacker Nick Barnett has signed with the Redskins. (USATSI)
Former Bills and Packers linebacker Nick Barnett has signed with the Redskins. (USATSI)

After spending the last two years in Buffalo, Nick Barnett is heading back to the NFC. The Washington Redskins announced they've signed the veteran linebacker to a one-year deal. Before playing in Buffalo, Barnett spent eight seasons in Green Bay.

Barnett led the Bills defense in tackles in both 2011 and 2012, but was cut by the team in February after Buffalo decided to revamp a defense that ranked 31st against the run last year.

The 32-year-old Barnett has started in every regular season game he's ever played in over his 10-year career -- a total of 139 games -- but he's willing to come off the bench if that's what the Redskins need.

"I'm here to help any way that I can, whether it's a starter or whether it's coming off the bench and playing," Barnett said. "I think you can be effective and a good player -- you don't have to start games to be that. I've always thought that -- even though I've started every game that I've played -- I've always thought that you can come off of the bench and be just as big an impact as well."

London Fletcher and Perry Riley are currently at the top of the Redskins depth chart at inside linebacker, where Barnett will play.

Barnett will have the added benefit of being familiar with his position coach. Redskins linebacker coach Bob Slowik was Barnett's defensive coordinator in Green Bay in 2004.

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