Reports are coming in from Redskins' beat reporter John Keim that former third-round cornerback Kevin Barnes has been traded. The exact reasons for Barnes' trade are not available at this time, but it is likely a combination of poor play and an inability to stay healthy. The terms of the trade are not available at this point, including what the Redskins have received in return.
Kevin Barnes was drafted in the third round (80th overall) by the Redskins in 2009 with praise as a physical in the box corner. Barnes gained particular fame at the University of Maryland for this punishing hit on Jahvid Best.
Despite the big expectations and plethora of opportunities, Barnes was never able to put it all together. In three seasons with the Washington Redskins, Barnes started only three games. Initial problems included picking up the playbook and keeping up with receivers in coverage. Over time, Barnes developed nagging injury concerns that prevented him from getting on the field.
In the 28 total games played, Barnes registered 44 tackles, nine passes defended, three interceptions, and one fumble recovery. With Barnes eliminated from the roster, chances are increasing for Cedric Griffin and Richard Crawford to make the final 53-man roster. Stay tuned for more roster changes throughout the day.