It was up and down weekend for the Redskins that began with them losing DE Phillip Daniels for the season with an ACL injury in only the first practice of training camp. With some understandable desperation the Redskins immediately pulled off a deal for disgruntled Dolphins' DE Jason Taylor.
Vinny Cerrato just announced the Skins acquired Pro Bowl DE Jason Taylor from Miami for a second round pick in 2009 and a sixth-round pick in 2010.
The Skins assume the final two years of Taylor's contract as is, Cerrato said, with no re-negotiation (Washington had about $8 million in cap space prior to the trade, Cerrato said). Taylor, 33, is set to make $8 million this season (including a $500,000 roster bonus, and $8.5 million next season, including the same $500,000 bonus).
Taylor has stated that he plans to play just one more year, so it would seem that a second round pick and more would seem to be a heavy price to play for the 33 year old Taylor. That said, Redskins' Executuve VP of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato stated that he is "100 percent confident he'll play more than one year."
My guess is that whether or not Taylor plays out the second and final year on his deal depends heavily on how competitive the Skins are in 2008.
As great as Taylor is... A second round pick is a king's ransom to pay for a player that will be 34 when the year kicks off, has skipped all offseason workouts, and stated he intends to play just one more year.