Barnett Says He's Finished in Green Bay

LB Nick Barnett (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

The second-leading tackler in franchise history was informed of the decision on Tuesday by GM Ted Thompson. The Packers will try to trade Barnett. The Packers can't officially release him until Thursday afternoon.

With the lockout over, Nick Barnett, the second-leading tackler in franchise history, arrived at Lambeau Field on Tuesday morning. Shortly thereafter, he was on his way out of the stadium for the final time as a member of the Green Bay Packers.

Barnett tweeted that general manager Ted Thompson informed him the eight-year veteran will be released.

"Just met with Ted, Thanks for the great 8 years," Barnett said on his tweet. "Very blessed 2 be apart of such a great tradition and great fans.. Happy I was..

"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..

"I look forward to the next jungle #Mufasa will roam... :-) let's get it."

The Packers have not finalized their decision. Players can not be released or dealt until 3:01 p.m. (Central) on Thursday.

Whatever the ultimate decision, it will not a surprise. Sources had told Packer Report and other outlets for months that Barnett had no future in Green Bay. After Barnett was lost for the season with a wrist injury that required surgery, A.J. Hawk and Desmond Bishop played so well that both received lucrative, long-term deals. That Green Bay won the Super Bowl without him and that Barnett caused a stir at the Super Bowl by complaining about injured players being left off the Super Bowl photo — a decision the team reversed — only sealed his fate.

Barnett is the No. 1 target for Kansas City, should he be released, according to Scout.com's Chiefs Web site, Warhead Illustrated. The Chargers, Giants, Buccaneers and Titans all could be interested in Barnett, a source told Packer Report, and even NFC North rivals Chicago and Detroit are possibilities.

Barnett has cap figures of $6.9 million this season and $7.4 million for 2012. By releasing him or trading him, the Packers would gain $5.2 million in much-needed cap space.


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