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Jason Taylor traded to the Washington Redskins

Jason Taylor traded to the Washington Redskins The Miami Dolphins have agreed to trade defensive end Jason Taylor to the Washington Redskins, it was announced today. Jason Taylor, who was not happy camper at Miami to begin with, was quickly traded today to the Redskins by the Dolphins in exchange for a second-round pick in 2009 and a sixth-round choice in 2010. The swift trade came just hours after the Washington Redskins lost starting defensive end Phillip Daniels during practice on Sunday, due to a season-ending left knee injury. 

 Less than two hours before the trade, Washington executive vice president Vinny Cerrato said that the team is yet to talk to anyone about a possible replacement, but was later quoted, while announcing the deal: "We're fortunate there was a guy that caliber on the market when somebody got hurt. Normally, in most years, there's not a guy of that caliber on the market. His play speaks for itself. I think it's easy to talk about Jason Taylor. He's got statistics and everything else to back up everything that he's done. So we had to act after losing our starting defensive end Phillip Daniels, and talked to Parcells after practice today and we were able to work something out."

 According to experts, the Dolphins were more than happy to trade Taylor. The six-time Pro Bowl defensive end fell out of favor with coach Bill Parcel, after spending his offseason on the TV show "Dancing with the Stars" rather than working out with teammates. Not surprisingly, Taylor, after starting every game each of the past eight years with the Dolphins, had said that he would likely spend one more year on the field and then seek a career in Hollywood, despite the fact that he has two years left on his contract. "I'm 100 percent positive he'll play longer than one year," Vinny Cerrato said today and Taylor's agent also confirmed that it's possible the 2006 NFL Defensive Player of the Year will play beyond this season.

 There were no comments coming out of Miami, despite the announcement made by the Redskins. "Right now we're not prepared to confirm that," was all Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said.

 Jason Taylor was drafted from Akron by the Miami Dolphins in the third round, 73rd overall, in 1997 and remained with the team throughout his entire professional career. In addition to the 2006 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, he won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2007. Taylor finished the last season with 662 tackles, 117 sacks, 41 forced fumbles and 7 interceptions.

 Currently at the online sportsbook BodogSports the Miami Dolphins are the underdog to win the 2009 Super Bowl with odds 100/1, while the odds on the Washington Redskins are sitting at 40/1.

 Published on 07/20/2008

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