February 21, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS - Despite an injury-riddled and disappointing season, Washington is expected to bring back defensive end Jason Taylor and not ask him to restructure his $8 million base salary for next season.
"We're not doing anything with Jason," Washington vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said. "He's going to be with us and that's it. That's the plan."
Taylor, 34, played in only 13 games with eight starts last season and was limited to 3 ½ sacks for the season. It was his lowest total since 1999, his third season in the league. That led to speculation that the Redskins would want to restructure his deal.
"When we went there, remember, they asked us for a two-year commitment," agent Gary Wichard said. "Well, we asked them for the same thing."
In addition, Taylor was limited to playing primarily at left defensive end, which is not what he is best-suited to do. Taylor spent the first 11 years of his career playing primarily right defensive end for Miami before being traded last offseason for a second- and sixth-round draft pick at the beginning of training camp after Washington lost Philip Daniels to injury.
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