Barnett bolsters Skins' defense
RICHMOND—Ever since Keenan Robinson suffered from a torn pectoral muscle last week the Redskins have been trying to sign a veteran inside linebacker. On Wednesday they succeeded.
A league source told CSNwashington.com's Tarik El-Bashir that the Redskins have signed 32-year-old Nick Barnett to a one-year contract. The 10-year veteran spent the first eight years of his career with the Packers before moving on to Buffalo the last two season.
Barnett has started 139 NFL games but he’s not expected to be a starter in Washington. He will back up London Fletcher and Perry Riley at inside linebacker.
In his 10 seasons, Barnett has 20.5 sacks and 12 interceptions. He returned two of those picks for touchdowns.
The Redskins will not have to make a roster move to sign Barnett since the placed running back Tristan Davis on the Exempt/Left Squad list on Tuesday.