Friday, July 22, 2005
Redskins safety Sean Taylor will report on time for the start of training camp July 31, agent Drew Rosenhaus said. Taylor, who is facing felony assault charges in Florida, has not talked to the media in more than six months, and while the Redskins have expected him to attend camp, there had been no public assurances from him.
"Oh, yes, without a doubt," said Rosenhaus, when asked in a phone interview yesterday whether Taylor would report on time. Taylor, the fifth overall pick in the 2004 draft, has switched agents several times and expressed concern with the contract he signed last summer, leading many to believe his desire for more money fueled his decision to boycott Washington's offseason program.
Taylor's legal problems -- he is charged with striking individuals in Miami and pulling a gun on them -- did not bode well for a renegotiation, and Rosenhaus said that a new contract is "not really an issue" at this point. Taylor showed signs of being a star player during his rookie season but also incurred numerous fines for his overly aggressive play and was suspended for one game after DUI charges. He later was acquitted.
His trial in Miami is set to start Sept. 12, but his lawyer plans to file motions to have the date moved until after the season. . . .
Linebacker Mike Barrow , who was granted permission to pursue a trade, had not renegotiated his contract as of yesterday, league sources said. Barrow, battling serious knee problems and with an uncertain future, is to earn $1.74 million in base salary this season. A trade seems unlikely, and should Barrow not restructure his deal several NFL sources said they expect him to be released. . . .
A local lawyer has sent registered letters to the four biggest TV stations in Washington, serving notice that he and several Indian and civil rights groups intend to challenge their broadcast licenses if they do not curtail the use of the word "Redskin" in news and sports reports. John Banzhaf , who teaches law at George Washington University and has been campaigning against the use of the word for decades, cited a court decision last week allowing the Redskins trademark to be challenged. None of the local licenses come up for review until 2007.
Representatives from several local stations said their legal departments had yet to receive the letter and had no further comment.
-- Mark Maske and Jason La Canfora