By Mike Jones and Mark Maske
RICHMOND — Free agent linebacker Nick Barnett has agreed to a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday night.
The person familiar with the situation said that Barnett “fell in love” with the team’s coaching staff and also was eager to play with Redskins veteran linebacker London Fletcher.
Barnett, a former starter for the Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills, worked out for team officials Tuesday at the Redskins’ training camp facility. He spoke to defensive coordinator Jim Haslett briefly before the Redskins’ afternoon practice Tuesday and met formally with the team’s coaches later in the day.
“Hopefully I’ll be here tomorrow, too,” Barnett said as he walked off the field Tuesday.
Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday he’d heard that Barnett had “a pretty good workout,” but he didn’t say at that point whether the veteran linebacker would be signed.
Barnett bolsters the Redskins’ depth at linebacker after reserve Keenan Robinson suffered a torn pectoral muscle during the opening practice of training camp last week. The Redskins hosted another free agent linebacker, former Denver Broncos starter Joe Mays, on a visit last weekend. But he signed with the Houston Texans.
Barnett, 32, spent the past two seasons with the Bills after eight seasons with the Packers. He has started each of the 139 games that he has played in his NFL career, including all 16 for Buffalo last season. He was credited with 112 tackles last season for the Bills. He was a first-round pick by the Packers in the 2003 NFL draft.
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