Inside The Bills

What Barnett, Wilson subtractions mean

Posted by Chris Brown on February 11, 2013 – 4:09 pm

The Bills released a pair of veteran defenders Monday in Nick Barnett and George Wilson. What’s the ripple effect on Buffalo’s roster?

First and foremost Buffalo is losing their two leading tacklers from the 2012 season. The Bills already have a potential replacement for Wilson in Da’Norris Searcy, who began earning playing time last fall. I suspect there could also be a free agent addition at the position too. One that is well versed in Mike Pettine’s system.

As for the linebacker position there’s a lot of youth at the position now with Barnett’s departure. Sheppard got a ton of playing time last season and so did Nigel Bradham, but with a new defensive system coming Bradham will be back to square one. At least Sheppard saw time in the 3-4 in 2011.

Then there’s a host of young linebackers after that in Arthur Moats, Chris White, Greg Lloyd and Brian Smith.

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