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Buffalo Bills Release Two Veteran Defensive Players

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The Buffalo Bills released linebacker Nick Barnett and strong safety George Wilson on Monday, as the team attempts to re-tool a defense that finished 22nd in the NFL last season.

“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,” general manager Buddy Nix said in a statement. “We’ve got some good young players on our roster, who we feel are ready to take the next step up. And they will now have the opportunity to do so.”

The 31-year-old Barnett spent two seasons with the Bills where he amassed 150 tackles, along with five sacks and three interceptions in 32 games.

The Bills signed Wilson to their practice squad in October 2004. In 92 games, he accumulated 412 tackles along with 12 interceptions.

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