He's said all along that if they can guarantee they'll keep him around at his slated salary, then he'll be the happiest camper around. But with the way this offseason has played out, he figures he might as well keep doing his thing and wait and see what happens by the time mandatory mini camp starts. Stay tuned.
On Sean Taylor:
Again, we'll see what the official word is on all of this, but his peers - many of whom had not talked to Sean in a while - were not surprised by his absence and figured it was an indication of his contract.
The good news is that despite his contractual dispute with the team, absence, and subsequent arrest, Sean Taylor showed up in 2005 and played his ass off. He buried any concerns I had with his on-field product given disagreement with the organization that year. Even though he regressed in 2006, I'm willing to blame much of that on the more general defensive woes the entire team suffered.
What is tragic about Sean Taylor is that he's about as talented a pure athlete as exists in the NFL. If he gave a shit and showed up to OTAs and threw himself into them (no matter how meaningless they may be) he could very well be the greatest safety in the National Football League. If he brought the same intensity he exudes during a game into the offseason, there's no reason this guy shouldn't develop into a legendary player. The difference between a great and an awe-inspiring player could very well be a bit of hard work. I don't say that to challenge Taylor's work ethic, but to say if he put in a bit more into these OTAs (as trivial as they may be) it could pay off on the field.
What the team could do is pay him what he deserves. If it does come out that his absence this time around is pecuniary, then we need to dip into those Redskins pockets to keep the best player on our defense paid. It occurs to me that Taylor, as the 8th highest paid defensive player on the roster, probably does feel sleighted and reasonably so. Especially since there's a backup DE (Renaldo Wynn) and a younger Carlos Rogers in front of him on the pay scale.
And thus it all comes back to the Redskins salary cap management. As much as I want to applaud the team for spending what it needs to
win try really super hard, it isn't always best to pay right up to the salary cap. Sometimes having a little extra cash on hand is just what the doctor ordered, especially when your two best defensive backs decide they don't want to show up. As of six days ago we were just over 5M under the cap -- and still needing to sign all our rookies, free agents, and anyone else who decides to show up. You throw in Sean Taylor's financial needs (per his agent, Drew Rosenhaus) and there's not a lot of pie left from which to slice.