A true leader. Sets the tone and calls the signals. Great range and pursuit ability. Good tackler. Can attack the line of scrimmage, shed blockers and get after the quarterback.
Not super fast or a clean-the-clock hitter. Not as aware as he should be in zone coverage. Gets caught up out of position at times.
Quality veteran inside linebacker.
Career Honors & Awards
2010 (XLV - Green Bay)
Movements & Injuries
Declared free agent.
Torn left MCL, injured reserve.
Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Washington Redskins to a one-year contract.
Released by the Buffalo Bills.
Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Buffalo Bills to a three-year contract.
Released by the Green Bay Packers.
Wrist injury, injured reserve.
Wrist injury, out.
Wrist injury, out.
Knee injury, physically unable to perform.
Knee injury, injured reserve.
Knee injury, out.
Signed by the Green Bay Packers to a six-year contract.
Signed by the Green Bay Packers to a multi-year contract.
Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Washington Redskins.
Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Buffalo Bills.
Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 1st round (29th overall) in 2003.
Nick Barnett visited with Falcons | 06/13/2014 7:10 PM
Free agent ILB Nick Barnett worked out for the Falcons.
Vaughn McClure on Twitter
The Falcons are looking at veteran options to help replace Sean Weatherspoon, with Barnett and Tim Dobbins visiting earlier this week. Barnett appeared in 14 games with Washington last season before landing on I.R. with a torn MCL. Atlanta has also been linked to free agents Jonathan Vilma and Pat Angerer.
Barnett officially sent to injured reserve | 12/24/2013 6:17 PM
Redskins placed ILB Nick Barnett on injured reserve with a torn left MCL, ending his season.
A longtime starter for the Bills and Packers, Barnett served as a reserve linebacker and special teamer this season. He should be ready for spring practice. Barnett was playing on a one-year deal, so he's headed back to the open market. He'll have to be 100 percent healthy before generating any interest in free agency.
'Skins ILB Nick Barnett suffers torn MCL | 12/23/2013 5:53 PM
Redskins ILB Nick Barnett tore his left MCL in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, and has been ruled out for Week 17.
A reserve, Barnett suffered the injury on special teams in the first quarter. He played just 70 snaps on defense this summer. An impending free agent, Barnett should likely be ready for spring practice.
Redskins sign LB Nick Barnett | 07/31/2013 8:06 PM
Redskins signed ILB Nick Barnett, formerly of the Bills, to a one-year contract.
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Barnett, 32, has been in the D.C. area for the last two days visiting with the Redskins. He was released by the Bills in February with a "failed physical" designation, so the team wanted to make sure his knee was good to go. Barnett started all 16 games for Buffalo last season, grading out as a top-ten 4-3 outside linebacker in Pro Football Focus' end-of-the-year rankings. He'll provide depth behind starting inside 'backers London Fletcher and Perry Riley.
Nick Barnett visiting the Redskins | 07/30/2013 2:33 PM
Free agent LB Nick Barnett will visit the Redskins.
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Barnett has "spent the last few months getting healthy." He had yet to make a visit since getting released with the "failed physical" designation by the Bills in February. Barnett started all 16 games last season.
Nick Barnett on the Bears' radar? | 03/22/2013 2:31 PM
According to the Chicago Sun Times, free agent Nick Barnett is "believed" to be on the Bears' radar.
Chicago Sun Times
It's unclear if Chicago's interest died down after the D.J. Williams signing. Barnett, 32 in May, has experience at both middle and strong-side linebacker. The Bears tentatively expect Williams to replace Brian Urlacher in the middle, though his cheap contract suggests Williams is only lightly penciled in.
Barnett released due to failed physical | 02/11/2013 6:50 PM
Nick Barnett's release from the Bills was officially listed as a failed physical on the league's transaction wire.
Barnett has started all 16 games in each of the past two seasons, but he did miss 12 games in 2010 for the Packers due to a wrist issue. He underwent wrist surgery in October of 2010, but it hasn't been a problem since. Barnett also was limited in practices late in the 2012 season with a knee injury.
Bills cut Nick Barnett, save $3-plus million | 02/11/2013 2:56 PM
Bills released WLB Nick Barnett.
The move clears Barnett's $3.5 million base salary off the books and frees up just over $3 million in cap room. Barnett turns 32 in May, but graded out as a top-ten 4-3 outside linebacker in Pro Football Focus' 2012 ratings and should have some gas left in the tank. He's also "scheme versatile," having played in both 3-4 and 4-3 schemes. We suspect Barnett will find a starting job in 2013.