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Kevin Barnes Traded To Lions, According To Reports; Others Released
ASHBURN – After initially believing he had been released by the Washington Redskins, cornerback Kevin Barnes was instead traded to Detroit on Monday.
Barnes originally said he was amongst the 15 players the Redskins needed to release as league rules required rosters to be minimized from 90 to 75 by late Monday afternoon. According to multiple reports, however, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound cornerback was instead traded to the Lions.
Attempts to reach Barnes for clarification on Monday afternoon have been unsuccessful.
Barnes, entering his fourth year in the league after being chosen in the third round out of Maryland in 2009, served as the Redskins’ nickelback last season. He was replaced in that role when training camp began, with DeAngelo Hall moving inside to cover the slot and offseason signee Cedric Griffin taking over as the third cornerback.
The Redskins released kicker Neil Rackers on Monday morning, meaning Graham Gano will begin his third season as the team’s placekicker.
A league source told The Free Lance-Star that Tony Moll, a veteran right guard signed by the Redskins on Aug. 3, was among the team’s initial cuts. The Redskins also released two undrafted free agent wide receivers – Lance Lewis, who strained his groin a week into training camp and walked out of the locker room with his belongings, and Samuel Kirkland, as another league source told The Free Lance-Star.
Cornerback Morgan Trent, who sustained a left knee injury on the opening kickoff against Buffalo, reached an injury settlement with Redskins, he wrote on his Twitter page.
“I agreed to an injury settlement today with the Redskins,” Trent wrote. “I want to thank them for the opportunity. Time to get back healthy.”
Right tackle James Lee and undrafted running back Lennon Creer were also among those released, according to 106.7 The Fan, as were undrafted tight end Beau Reliford and left guard Nick Martinez, per ESPN 980. Additionally, The Washington Post reported running back Antwon Bailey, from Landover, Md., was also released.