On his Twitter account, Barnett said, "I was told, I'll be released today by the Buffalo Bills. Thanks to all of the great fans and friends I have met in Western New York. It was truly a pleasure being a part of that organization and culture. Very unfortunate we didn't get the Bills to the playoffs but, I know you guys have many successful years in front of you."
Wilson and Barnett are two leaders on the defense. Wilson was the Bills defensive captain and their NFLPA representative. Barnett started all 16 games at middle linebacker and registered 112 tackles and 2 sacks.
The Bills released this statement:
BILLS RELEASE LB BARNETT AND SS WILSON
Orchard Park, NY - The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has released LB Nick Barnett and SS George Wilson.
Bills General Manager Buddy Nix said, “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. We’ve got some good young players on our roster who we feel are ready to take the next step and they will now have the opportunity to do so. We thank both Nick and George for everything they’ve given the Bills organization and wish them nothing but the best for the future.”