forbeskin Posted April 17, 2005 Share Posted April 17, 2005 http://profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm NO NEW DEAL FOR TAYLOR A year ago, the Redskins passed on Miami tight end Kellen Winslow due in part to their history of bad experiences with his agents, Carl and Kevin Poston. Several months before the 2004 draft, the Postons claimed that the 'Skins deftly had removed a $6.5 million roster bonus from the final draft of linebacker LaVar Arrington's contract extension, which for reasons we'll never quite comprehend the agents didn't read. So the 'Skins instead selected Miami safety Sean Taylor with the fifth overall pick. Winslow was drafted by the Browns with the sixth selection. Taylor had hired agent Drew Rosenhaus before the draft, but then oddly fired him in the days thereafter. Taylor then signed with Eugene Mato and Jeff Moorard, who negotiated a contract with the 'Skins before Kellen Winslow had signed his deal with the Browns. But when Winslow's deal ended up being comparable to if not better than Taylor's, Sean sacked Moorad and Mato and returned to Rosenhaus, who since then has been hoping to land Taylor a contract that reflects more favorably Taylor's self-perceived value. Even though Taylor is now staying away from the Redskins' involuntary voluntary workouts in an effort to display his displeasure with his deal, we're hearing that the Redskins simply will not renegotiate the contract. Period. In hindsight, by the way, Taylor ended up doing a lot better than Winslow, since the Postons' failed to drop that huge minimum play-time incentive bonus into years other than 2005, when a broken leg kept Winslow from bagging the money. Regardless of the value of Winslow's deal, Taylor really doesn't have much leverage here, given that he'll only jeopardize his signing bonus if he at some point extends his boycott of involuntary voluntary workouts into the realm of the truly involuntary sessions. LAVAR LOOKING TO GET OUT? Although the cap consequences of a trade or release of linebacker LaVar Arrington would likely force the Redskins to carry only 36 guys on the roster this season, Arrington could be thinking about making a move out of D.C. Last week, Arrington sounded off on the team for the manner in which his knee injury has been handled, suggesting that the organization rushed him back to the field too quickly in 2004, and that the team didn't properly publicize his recent setback, which resulted in arthroscopic surgery. And we've heard that Arrington recently was in Cincinnati visiting with some Bengals players. The Bengals head coach, by the way, is former Redskins defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis. So what does this mean? Likely nothing. But maybe something. Arrington has been with the Redskins since 2000, and he has seen a revolving door of head coaches and a constant steam of unfulfilled expectations. At some point, he's sure to conclude that enough is enough. Even if Arrington would love to leave the 'Skins and rejoin Lewis in the Queen City, the cap simply won't let it happen. Of course, the Redskins should have thought about that before they gave receiver Laveranues Coles a ticket out of town simply because he was unhappy (hey, Laveranues, plenty of people aren't happy with their jobs, but they still drag their asses out of bed every day and go to work). By giving in to Coles, the 'Skins established a potentially dangerous precedent that might cause a guy like Arrington to pout and cry and piss and moan until he gets a ticket out of town, too. Either way, it's bad news for a team whose head coach is trying desperately to put a happy face on a continuously deteriorating situation. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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