“Just met with G.M. Ted [Thompson]. Thanks for the great 8 years. Very blessed 2 be apart of such a great tradition and great fans. Happy I was able to be here for the great xlv run … I will always keep a Special place in my heart for this team and city.”
Those are the words of Nick Barnett, the Packers inside linebacker, who according to Pro Football Talk, has been informed that his services will no longer be needed.
It’s not surprising that Barnett will be moving on. After being injured and placed on injured reserve last season, inside linebackers Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk played remarkably well in helping lead the Packers to a Super Bowl title.
The fandom also took exception to Barnett’s behavior just before the Super Bowl when he demanded, via Twitter, that the Packers move the day and time of the team’s photograph so that he and other injured players could be included. While he may have had a point, fans felt he should have gone about it much differently and not have been a distraction just before the biggest game of the year.
Always somewhat of a showboat, Barnett has also been a steady player for the Packers. His speed and agility were his strengths, though he wasn’t superior in pass coverage and would also get blown up by blocks and lost in traffic when trying to make tackles.
Either way, Packers fans don’t have to worry about that anymore. He’s gone. Whether he is traded or cut is yet to be determined. As one Packers fan, I think it would be nice to get something in return for him.