BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Bills have begun reshaping their defense under new coach Doug Marrone by releasing two veterans:linebacker Nick Barnett and safety George Wilson.
Wilson told Two On Your Side's Adam Benigni he could see the move coming. "It's not like they just started rotating me in the offseason. They started rotating Searcy and myself all the way in the offseason. This isn't something that just popped up in the middle of the season. I had the opportunity. I didn't make those plays.. And I'm a former Bill now. But I've had too many great years and came across too many great people to just focus on my last season there." Wilson dropped two interceptions that would have clinched wins for the Bills last season, one against the Titans and one against St. Louis.
Wilson also told Adam he was leaving Tuesday to meet with two teams but wouldn't say which ones.
General manager Buddy Nix said the cuts were made Monday with the intention of moving the team forward and freeing up spots to allow Buffalo's younger players to step into those roles.
Nix said, "Moves like the ones we've made today are never easy, but we have to do what's best for our team and keep moving forward. We've got some good young players on our roster who we feel are ready to take the next step and they will now have the opportunity to do so. We thank both Nick and George for everything they've given the Bills organization and wish them nothing but the best for the future."
Barnett is a 10-year NFL veteran, who never missed a start in his two seasons in Buffalo after signing with the team in free agency. Wilson was a respected leader and voted a five-time team captain during his eight seasons in Buffalo. He was also the team's NFL Players Association representative.
The shake-up takes place a little over a month since Marrone took over after Chan Gailey was fired following three losing seasons.