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Trotter's play disappointing since joining Redskins

ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins have given
linebacker Jeremiah Trotter permission to seek a trade.

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.