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Losing linebacker Keenan Robinson to a torn pectoral muscle didn't appear to make a large enough blip on most fans' radars.
Perhaps because Robinson enters just his second season and serves in a reserve role, fans are unsure what it is their team is actually losing. But when your starting inside linebacker is 38 years old, having a decent insurance policy can be just as valuable as the starter himself.
And for that reason, the Redskins worked out 10-year veteran Nick Barnett and eventually signed him to a one-year deal last Wednesday, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post.
Barnett was a first-round pick by the Packers in 2003, spending the first eight years of his career in Green Bay. He then signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2011, starting all 32 games the past two seasons before being released last February.
According to Jones' report, Barnett chose the Redskins over other potential suitors because he liked defensive coordinator Jim Haslett's system, which was similar to the one he worked in during his eight years in Green Bay.
Redskins linebackers coach Bob Slowik also served as Barnett’s defensive coordinator with the Packers in 2004.
Only time will tell, but I think this move will end up being a valuable one for the Redskins. Assuming he can fully recover from recent arthroscopic surgery and stem cell treatments on his right knee, Barnett can contribute both on and off the field.