Wilson, 31, was set to make $2.9 million next season, due in part to an escalator that was triggered this season.
Wilson and Nick Barnett were the Bills leading tacklers last season, so there’s no question that they’ll have to find replacements at some point during the offseason. Pro Football Focus rated Wilson as the No. 8 best safety in 2012, so he could find some decent interest in the next few months as well.
Nick Barnett tweets that he’s been informed by the Buffalo Bills that he will be released today.
I was told I’ll be released today by the Buffalo Bills. Thanks to all the great Fans and friends I have met in Western New York.. It was
— NickBarnett (@NickBarnett) February 11, 2013
Barnett, 31, was in the final year of his contract and was set to make $3.5 million next season. This move should create $3 million in cap space for the Bills.
Pro Football Focus rated him as the No. 9 best 4-3 outside linebacker in 2012 and especially good in pass coverage.
This should help him find work somewhere in the coming months given that linebackers with good coverage skills are in higher demand now that passing attacks are so productive.