When a new coaching staff walks in the door at One Bills Drive a new course is charted for the franchise. Buffalo’s staff made the decision to trim two veteran defensive players from the roster Monday. The Bills released LB Nick Barnett and SS George Wilson.

“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,” said Bills GM Buddy Nix. “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.”

Barnett was the team’s leading tackler for each of the past two seasons. Signed as a free agent prior to the 2011 season he played inside linebacker in Buffalo’s 3-4 system his first season before playing on the weak side in the 4-3 system this past year.

The veteran linebacker made use of his Twitter account to thank the fans and the organization for his time in Buffalo.

“Thanks to all the great Fans and friends I have met in Western New York. It was truly a pleasure being apart of that organization and culture. Very unfortunate we didn't get the Bills to the playoffs but I know you guys will have many successful years ahead of you. Thanks for all your support. Sad to leave but like they say when one door closes more open up. All in God’s hands.”

Barnett’s subtraction makes a thin position even thinner for Buffalo as GM Buddy Nix has targeted the linebacker position as one that needs to be addressed this offseason.