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Bills' defensive purge totals eight captaincies, 38 seasons, 500 games

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills have parted ways with four veteran defenders in less than three weeks.

Defensive end Chris Kelsay, cornerback Terrence McGee and safety George Wilson didn't play games for any other team. Linebacker Nick Barnett started every game for the Bills the past two seasons after eight years with the Green Bay Packers.

Here is a breakdown of how much experience has been deducted from Buffalo's roster with these four players.

  • • 38 seasons
  • • 500 games
  • • 404 starts
  • • 59.5 sacks
  • • 44 interceptions
  • • 20 forced fumbles
  • • 20 fumble recoveries
  • • 7 defensive touchdowns
  • • 8 seasons as Bills captain

Numbers, of course, don't paint the complete portrait.

Kelsay (neck) and McGee (knee) ended last season on injured reserve. Barnett and Wilson were the Bills' top two tacklers, but they were lacking when it came to game-changing plays.

But the Bills' defensive leadership will have a substantially different composition in 2013.


Chris Kelsay | George Wilson | Nick Barnett | Terrence McGee
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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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