GREEN BAY WI - SEPTEMBER 19: Nick Barnett #56 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a defensive stop against the Buffalo Bills at Lambeau Field on September 19 2010 in Green Bay Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bills 34-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
On Saturday night, Buffalo Bills wide receiver David Nelson mentioned on his Twitter account that he'd met free agent inside linebacker Nick Barnett at dinner. It quickly became apparent that the former Green Bay Packers starter was in Rochester paying the Bills a free agent visit, and on Sunday morning, the team confirmed it.
We knew, via an NFL.com report, that Barnett was also scheduled to visit the Detroit Lions this weekend. That was supposed to happen today, but instead, the Lions have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with another linebacker, Stephen Tulloch. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press now reports that Barnett is no longer planning to visit Detroit, and there are indications that Barnett's visit with the Bills is continuing this morning.
What remains unclear is whether or not there are more teams interested in Barnett than just the Bills and Lions. Those two teams were the only known suitors, and now it appears that the Lions are out of the picture. Whichever team signs Barnett is taking a big risk, however, as Barnett has suffered season-ending injuries in two of his last three campaigns.