By Jason La Canfora and Howard Bryant
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor reported to Redskins Park for an offseason workout yesterday, a day after one of his lawyers said he would not attend because he needed to prepare for his trial next month in Miami.
Taylor was unavailable for comment. His attorney, Richard Sharpstein, said, "Sean felt he needed to be with his team."
"We decided we didn't need him to be here," Sharpstein said in a telephone interview from Miami. "Sean was comfortable with where we were with the case, and we'll handle it down here and he can work with us on the weekends."
Taylor, 22, goes on trial April 10. He is facing felony assault charges and a misdemeanor count of battery after being arrested last June for allegedly pulling a firearm on three people he believes stole two all-terrain vehicles from him.
Sharpstein said Sunday that Taylor would be unable to attend the voluntary workouts at Redskins Park. "Sean is working out on his own and he's working with us to prepare for the trial as well," he said. "It's necessary for him to be here working with us, and he'll be back in Washington as soon as possible."
However, Taylor was one of several prominent players, including newcomers Brandon Lloyd and Antwaan Randle El, who arrived yesterday morning in Ashburn.
Last spring, Taylor skipped the Redskins' offseason program to remain in Florida. Coach Joe Gibbs and other team officials were eager for Taylor to participate in workouts at Redskins Park this spring -- which generally run from Tuesday through Thursday each week.
Sharpstein said Monday that Taylor is expected to participate fully until the time of his trial, which could last several days.
Lloyd had not been expected to attend the workouts yesterday because, despite being traded March 11 from San Francisco for a third-round draft choice this season and a fourth round choice next year, he does not have the new contract that was part of the trade negotiations that brought him to the Redskins.
He said one of the reasons he attended was his confidence that his representatives and the Redskins will have a deal completed by next week. Under his current deal, which will pay him $1.6 million, Lloyd will be eligible for free agency after the 2006 season.
"I know it was a surprise," Lloyd said, smiling, "but I'm here."
Redskins Notes: Linebacker Chris Clemons arrived eager to begin workouts. With the departure of LaVar Arrington and the Redskins showing patience in looking to free agency for a weak-side linebacker, Clemons, who missed the playoffs with a knee injury, has a chance to win Arrington's former job. . . . Mark Brunell, Clinton Portis, Shawn Springs, Lloyd, Randle El, Santana Moss, Ladell Betts, David Patten, Lemar Marshall, Chris Samuels, Chris Cooley and Andre Carter were at Redskins Park. . . . The Redskins re-signed restricted free agent guard Derrick Dockery. . . . The NFL awarded 32 compensatory draft choices to 19 teams for players lost in free agency last year. The Redskins were awarded a seventh-round pick.