Redskins release CB Kevin Barnes

Update: 1:45 p.m.:


Kevin Barnes at June minicamp. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed that the Redskins were cutting Barnes. But another said the team later was able to work out the trade.

It wasn’t immediately clear what the Redskins would receive in return for Barnes.

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The Washington Redskins have released cornerback Kevin Barnes, the former third-round pick and Maryland standout who had a career season with the team in 2011, a person with knowledge of the situation said Monday.

Barnes, who served as the team’s third cornerback last season, recording 26 tackles, two interceptions and four pass breakups in 15 games, was competing for the same role this season. But he apparently lost that position battle to seven-year veteran Cedric Griffin, who signed as a free agent during the offseason.

Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan first reported the news of Barnes’ release.

Barnes served as the Redskins’ nickelback last season, but this year, coaches switched him to an outside corner position because they believed his height better suited him to play there rather than against slot receivers.

Griffin, however, worked almost exclusively with the first team when starter DeAngelo Hall would move inside to cover the slot.

Griffin, a starter for most of his career in six previous seasons in Minnesota, has had his struggles this preseason, but showed coaches enough to earn their confidence. Barnes’ departure bodes well for rookie Richard Crawford, who has shined during this preseason, as well as second-year pro Brandyn Thompson and offseason free agent addition David Jones.

Selected in the third round of the 2009 draft, Barnes played in 29 games for the Redskins, starting three of them. He recorded a total of 45 tackles, three interceptions and nine pass breakups.

Barnes’ release ranks among the most significant cuts the Redskins have made so far Monday as they get down from 90 players to 75 by the league’s 4 p.m. deadline.

Also Monday, the team released kicker Neil Rackers, receiver Sam Kirkland and running backs Lennon Creer and Antwon Bailey, according to sources and reports. The team also reached injury settlements with cornerback Morgan Trent and receiver Lance Lewis, who have been hur for the most of the preseason, both players said.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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