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Police Probe Other Events Surrounding Taylor's Arrest

Thursday, June 9, 2005

While Miami-Dade County police have completed their criminal investigation into Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor , they are continuing to investigate other events that occurred last Wednesday night in conjunction with Taylor's arrest on felony assault charges. A police source said yesterday that no more arrests are anticipated at this time. Taylor is not a subject in this ongoing investigation.

Last Friday police sources told The Post that the department was investigating a shooting related to Taylor's case in which shots were fired into a stolen vehicle. No arrests were made in the alleged shooting, and Taylor has not been accused of firing the weapon he carried to the scene of his incident. Police spokesmen have reiterated that, to their knowledge, shots were not fired at any individuals and no one was injured.

Should Taylor be found guilty of any of the criminal charges he faces, and thus violate the NFL's personal conduct policy, the Redskins could reclaim a significant portion of the bonuses that make up the bulk of his six-year contract -- worth a maximum of $40 million.

If Taylor were to default on his contract by missing any mandatory practices or games due to his legal problems -- a scenario likely only if he was convicted -- he would "relinquish his right to future bonuses," according to a source with direct access to his full contract. Taylor is scheduled to receive $13.045 million in bonuses over the first three years of the contract, which was signed last year.

If he were to default on his contract in 2005, the Redskins would be eligible to reclaim $6 million of his $7.2 million signing bonus, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The same contractual language applies to Taylor's option bonuses, worth a total of $4.475 million ($3.3 million of which is payable next April). So, if Taylor's arrest were to cause him to miss mandatory work, and the Redskins opted to take this course of action -- which is hardly assured and something the team would not likely consider until after the legal process was complete -- he could end up having to return more than $10 million in 2005.

-- By Jason La Canfora

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