So much for the lack of talks

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Vinny Cerrato said on Sunday at 5 p.m. that he hadn’ t yet talked to the Dolphins about trading for Jason Taylor.

Less than two hours, the deal was done.

However, I was on Sirius NFLRadio this morning with Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Peter said that in a conversation with Cerrato on Sunday night, the Redskins’ front office boss revealed that he had talked with his Dolphins’ counterpart, Bill Parcells at 3:05.

In any event, Taylor is expected to receive the full Welcome to Washington treatment in the auditorium at 5 PM today complete with the presentation of his jersey. The only question: Who gets to wear No. 99? It’s been Taylor’s number his whole career, but holdover defensive end Andre Carter would have to relinquish No. 99 for Taylor to wear it in Washington.

Does six-time Pro Bowl pick Taylor keep the number or does he change it because he’s making a fresh start after 11 seasons in Miami? If Carter changes, maybe he’ll wear Phillip Daniels’ No. 93 in honor of his injured teammate.

Speaking of talks — enough with the Brett Favre rumors. Favre was unlikely to wind up in Washington before the Jason Taylor trade went down. Since adding Taylor $8.1 million salary to the payroll leaves the Redskins with less than $1 million of cap room and they’ve already renegotiated most of their major contracts, how could they possibly fit Favre’s $12 million into their salary structure.

- David Elfin  

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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