I just saw breaking news on ESPN that the Redskins released defensive end Jason Taylor. Um... somebody explain the logic of this to me. The Redskins throw money around like Brandon Marshall gets arrested. They give Albert Haynesworth seven years, $100 million, guard Derrick Dockery five years, $26 million, and cornerback DeAngelo Hall six years, $55 million, but they can't afford to give a guy that had double-digit sacks from 2002-2007 $8 million?
I understand Jason Taylor's getting up there in age as he'll be 35 when the season starts, and he's coming off a disappointing season where he had just 3.5 sacks in 13 games, but isn't spending $8 million this year on him less of a gamble than giving Hall $55 million over the next six years? Did they not watch Hall last year? He was downright awful, a major bust after signing a huge contract just like this one. I know he's just 25 and has a boatload of talent, but he's not anywhere close to a #1 CB right now and it's very questionable if he'll ever be that. It's also quite possible he's just happy to get his guaranteed money($23 million) and won't play like he's capable of, that was certainly the case in Oakland.
Jason Taylor was just the Defensive Player of the Year in 2006, and we've seen the last few years how important it is to have a great pass rush. I'd imagine Taylor talent-wise isn't too far off from the same player he was just two years ago, and if so, could you imagine that player next to Albert Haynesworth on the defensive line? Well we'll never get to see that, but we'll get to see Terrell Owens blowing by DeAngelo two games a year.
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