Kevin Barnes initially thought he had been released. Turns out he was instead traded to Detroit.

It’s uncertain what the Redskins received in return for Barnes, who said he spoke with both Redskins general manager Bruce Allen and Lions GM Martin Mayhew this morning.

“I’m excited,” said Barnes, a fourth-year corner. “I guess they saw something they liked.”

Barnes played in the slot last season, but returned to his more comfortable outside position this summer. He also added weight to provide more durability. But rookie corner Richard Crawford was a training camp surprise and appears headed for the 53-man roster. That left Barnes competing with second-year Brandyn Thompson and veteran David Jones for a potential fifth spot– assuming the Redskins keep that many, as they typically do.

Barnes, of course, said he was disappointed.

“Very much so,” said the ex-Maryland Terrapin. “I felt like I played and practiced [well], except for one bad play I had where I wasn’t able to finish the tackle [against Indianapolis]. Other than that I thought I was more than solid.”

The Redskins must get down to 75 players by 4 p.m. Monday. The only notable cut made thus far is kicker Neil Rackers. The rest will not include any surprises.