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Nick Barnett tweets he's done in Buffalo; Hello, Bart Scott?

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills might be on the verge of a defensive purge.

Moments after learning they were releasing safety, captain and NFL Players Association representative George Wilson, weak-side linebacker Nick Barnett tweeted that he's also getting cut.

Barnett led the Bills with 112 tackles. He had two sacks and three forced fumbles.

The moves likely are clearing space for players new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine would like to add. Pettine previously was New York Jets defensive coordinator, and some of their players are about to hit the market.

Safety LaRon Landry will be a free agent, and the Jets reportedly will release linebacker Bart Scott, a Pettine favorite, who played the weak-side role.


George Wilson | Nick Barnett
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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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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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