Taylor Says He'll Honor The Rest of His Contract

The Redskins dive into preparations for the upcoming season.
By Jason Reid and Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Jason Taylor plans to complete the remainder of his contract, he said yesterday, changing his mind about considering retirement at the end of the season after speaking with Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

At his introductory news conference at Redskins Park, Taylor -- acquired Sunday from the Miami Dolphins for a second-round pick in 2009 and a sixth-round pick in 2010 -- acknowledged he had contemplated walking away from football after completing his 12th season. But Taylor told Snyder, executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato and Coach Jim Zorn that he will play beyond this season.

"Well, I know I made a statement back in June, I think it was in June, that I plan to play one more year in '08 and take it from there," he said. "I have talked to Dan Snyder and Vinny and Coach [Zorn]. I'm on board. I'm gonna play out my contract. I'll be here for more than one year, God willing, unless something bad happens. I'm here to play ball and play ball as long as I can."

The Redskins assume the final two years of Taylor's contract, Cerrato said, with no renegotiation. Taylor is scheduled to be paid $8 million this season, including a $500,000 roster bonus (which Miami already paid), and $8.5 million next season with the same bonus. Taylor, who will turn 34 in September, has been one of the game's elite sack specialists and premier all-around athletes, but he was engaged in a public spat with the Dolphins after skipping offseason workouts to participate on "Dancing With the Stars," fueling speculation throughout the league that his interest in football was waning.

"I was ready to go play football in Miami," he said. "It wasn't a situation where I was disgusted. I was ready to go."

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