GREEN BAY, Wis. — Former Packers first-round pick Nick Barnett will be looking for a new team this offseason.
The 31-year-old linebacker posted the news on his Twitter account Monday afternoon that he’ll no longer be a member of the Buffalo Bills.
“I was told I’ll be released today by the Buffalo Bills,” Barnett wrote. “Thanks to all the great Fans and friends I have met in Western New York. It was truly a pleasure being apart of that organization and culture. Very unfortunate we didn’t get the Bills to the playoffs but I know you guys will have many successful years ahead of you. Sad to leave but like they say, when one door closes, more open up.”
Barnett, the 29th overall pick in the 2003 draft, played the past two seasons in Buffalo after signing a three-year, $12 million contract with the Bills in 2011. Barnett has been healthy since joining Buffalo, playing in all 16 games both seasons. He recorded a total of five sacks, 150 tackles, three interceptions and four forced fumbles during his two years with the Bills.