Friday, June 28, 2013
Barnett next to find a team?
By Tim Kavanagh
As we've watched the courtships of free agent LB Desmond Bishop and FB Vonta Leach proceed over the past several days, the simple fact is that after each of them has chosen their new team, the other suitors may be interested in signing another FA at the position. With Bishop choosing the Minnesota Vikings, that's left the other teams rumored to be interested -- including the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants -- possibly on the lookout for help from another LB. Could that be a job for Nick Barnett?
Barnett has played in both a 4-3 and 3-4 alignment during his career, and while his very best playing days might be behind him, it would seem that he could offer something to a team looking to bolster its depth at LB. An ILB in a 3-4 alignment, Barnett has the versatility to slot in at MLB or WLB in a 4-3 system, so it would seem that any of the three teams that were mentioned as possible destinations for Bishop (in addition to Minnesota) would make a fine home for Barnett. It may well be that the veteran's self-appraisal does not match the market right now. But that can change with an injury early on this preseason.