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The Buffalo Bills began re-shaping their defense on Monday, releasing Nick Barnett and George Wilson. Read local and national reaction to that story, plus more in today's links.
This read is certainly worth your time. Chris Brown does a very thorough job breaking the position down without speculating what moves the Bills could make.
Why it's important Bills clear room for some of Mike Pettine's Jets - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"When Rex Ryan left the Baltimore Ravens to become head coach of the New York Jets in 2009 and Mike Pettine came along as defensive coordinator, a significant part of their master plan was to sign former Raven defenders who could communicate the system to their new teammates."
If you're interested at all about why Pettine would bring former Jets, read this article. I know there is a growing sentiment that the "Syracuse Jets" would be a bad thing, but this brings the rationale home, at least with regards to the defense.
Bills part ways with Barnett and Wilson - BuffaloBills.com
"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," said Bills GM Buddy Nix. "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."
Inside The Bills | George Wilson’s generosity was legendary
Of all the on-field reasons George Wilson became expendable, he was never expendable off the field. This great story relayed by the Community Relations department is just one example.
Bills cut Wilson and Barnett - The Buffalo News
"Both players were entering the final year of their contract; by releasing them the Bills saved a combined $6.425 million against the 2013 salary cap."
Buffalo Bills release Nick Barnett, George Wilson - NFL.com
"Even though he remains an effective run-stopper, Barnett was exposed in pass coverage too often. He was set to make $3.5 million. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport said his release was officially listed as a failed physical on the league's transaction wire."
Breaking Down Mike Pettine (Part 2) | Buffalo Bills Draft
Matt Elder breaks down the main formations the Jets and Bills used in 2012 to predict how Buffalo's defense might evolve under Pettine. Well worth your time.
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Bill Lankhof wants the Bills to pursue Greg Jennings or Percy Harvin.