Trotter's play disappointing since joining Redskins

Updated: March 26, 2004, 4:50 PM ET
Associated Press

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

 Jeremiah Trotter

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.

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