Dec. 9, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Nick Barnett (50) watches the play during a game against the St. Louis Rams at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Redskins Sign LB Nick Barnett


Dec. 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Nick Barnett (50) against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins have signed veteran linebacker, Nick Barnett, who recently worked out for the team after former Denver Bronco, Joe Mays, signed with the Houston Texans, to a one year contract Wednesday.

Barnett, a first round pick by the Green Bay Packers (29th overall) in 2003 spent his last two season with the Buffalo Bills, contributing to 242 tackles, five sacks, four forced fumbles and three interceptions. His previous eight seasons were with the Green Bay Packers.

With a four game suspension to linebacker Rob Jackson and the loss of Kennan Robinson to another pectoral injury, the Redskins found themselves limited at linebacker.

Barnett has limited experience in the 3-4 defense, as the Green Bay Packers changed from the 4-3 to the 3-4 in 2009. During the 20 games played in the 3-4 while with Green Bay (2009, 2010), Barnett contributed 129 tackles and four sacks.

While in Buffalo, Barnett played in a system such as the Cowboys have used the past couple of seasons (a hybrid mixture of the 3-4/4-3 defense).

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