Barnes, a 2009 third-round draft pick out of the University of Maryland, had two tackles in the Redskins most recent preseason game, a 30-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Kevin barnes said he was traded to detroit. Just talked to him. Initially he thought he was being released. Not sure for what yet.— John Keim (@john_keim) August 27, 201
Barnes, in a phone conversation, said the Redskins told him the decision to part with him was strongly tied to special teams.— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) August 27, 2012
2011 was the strongest season of Barnes' career, setting career highs by playing 15 games and pulling down two interceptions while getting in on 26 tackles.
NFL teams have until 4 p.m. ET on Monday to cut their rosters down to 75 players.