The Washington Redskins signed Nick Barnett to a one-year contract last night to help make up for the loss of key linebacker Kennan Robinson, who suffered his second pectoral injury at the beginning of training camp.
Barnett had a couple teams talking to him, but only one stood out to him because they have the chance to win.
“With this team up and coming the way that they played last year, I wanted to be a part of a successful team. It was a couple of teams I talked to earlier in this free agency, but just not the right fit. I don’t want no more 6-10 seasons. I want to go to a winning team.”
The other teams were not named, but picking between 10-6 and 6-10 teams is a no brainer. For what seems like forever, Washington has finally been picked because they are a winner, instead of the big time paycheck.
Barnett had his knee scoped at the end of the season as well as stem cells to allow him to play a few more years in the NFL, rather than the one year timetable he was given had he not received surgery.
Much like London Fletcher, Barnett has not missed a game his entire career and he hopes to bring that to the table:
“Whatever happens, I’m going into this game to try to get on the field and start, but whatever role I take on, this organization, these coaches put me up to, I’m going to take it on with a full head of – What is it? A full head of what?… Fast.”
Barnett has only played in the 3-4 defensive scheme twice in his career (his last two season in Green Bay). On how that effects his play in Washington from last playing in a hybrid system in Buffalo:
“It is almost like if you spoke Spanish for two years and then you stop speaking and then you go back and read the book, you go, ‘Oh yeah, I remember those words.’ It is basically the same terminology. There are different things. They handle the slot different or the backside of Cover 2, different things like that. But it is very similar. Probably 90 percent of the terminology is the same.”