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Nix tried to draft Barnett

Posted by Chris Brown on July 31, 2011 – 9:41 pm

Bills GM Buddy Nix said a free agent market like the one the NFL is conducting this year would require patience. Who knew Nix had eight years worth of patience to land Nick Barnett.

After Sunday night’s practice Nix revealed how while working as the Assistant GM in San Diego back in 2003 the Chargers had Nick Barnett on their radar at the bottom of round 1 in the 2033 NFL draft.

“I said the other day that if a guy became available that we thought would upgrade us and give us some competition at a position of need, we’d try to go get him,” Nix said. “That’s what happened with Nick. To be honest with you, I’m about eight years too late. I tried to get Nick in the draft in ’03, but he went one pick before us.”

The Chargers picked 30th overall that year and the Packers picked 29th. Green Bay took Barnett, while San Diego wound up taking CB Sammy Davis out of Texas A&M. Davis had a six-year NFL career. So Nix proved just how much patience is a virtue.

“It took eight years,” he said. “But we did get him.”


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