What's New: Defensive Star

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

On the first day of training camp, the Redskins acted quickly after starting defensive end Phillip Daniels and second-year end Alex Buzbee suffered season-ending injuries. Snyder and Cerrato acquired Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Taylor from the Miami Dolphins in one of the NFL's biggest moves of the preseason.

Cerrato dealt a second-round pick in 2009 and a sixth-round pick in 2010 to get Taylor, a perennial Pro Bowl selection and former defensive player of the year who was engaged in a public spat with the Dolphins after skipping offseason workouts to participate on "Dancing With the Stars."

Taylor has two more years on his contract. He has a salary of $8 million this season, including a $500,000 roster bonus, and $8.5 million next season with the same bonus. The Redskins did not renegotiate Taylor's contract as part of the trade, and Taylor said he plans to honor the final two years of his deal.

With Taylor and defensive end Andre Carter, the Redskins envision having an edge-rushing tandem among the most productive in the league. Taylor had 11 sacks last season, more than any Redskin, and has 117 sacks in his career -- the most among active players.

Taylor suffered a sprained right knee in a 47-3 preseason loss to the Carolina Panthers and could miss the opener tomorrow against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium. Taylor's injury, however, was not as bad as initially feared, and the Redskins are counting on him to have another big season.

-- Jason Reid

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