Trotter, who was absent from the first day of minicamp Friday,
was already a prime candidate to be cut after June 1 to save money
under the salary cap. He would be entering the third year of a
seven-year, $36 million contract this fall.
"We just feel like we're going to go in a different
direction," coach Joe Gibbs said.
Trotter was a marquee signing two years ago, coming off two Pro
Bowl seasons with Philadelphia. His first year in Washington was a
disappointment, and his improved play last season failed to lift
the defense out of the bottom third of the NFL.
Kevin Mitchell, the starting middle linebacker before Trotter
was signed, is a top candidate to get his old spot back unless the
Redskins sign or draft a younger player.