Redskins cut Jason Taylor

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A bombshell. I just learned the Redskins have cut Jason Taylor. The defensive end, 35, declined to be on hand for 75 percent of the offseason (25 workouts on top of the 3-day minicamp and 11 OTA sessions) and the Redskins opted to let him go, saving $8.5 million on their cap, giving them enough money to sign guard Derrick Dockery, pursue a replacement for Taylor and more.

However, it also means that for the moment the starting lineup includes H.B. Blades at strongside linebacker and Chris Wilson at left end. The Redskins had planned to move Taylor to strongside linebacker, replacing Marcus Washington, who was cut for cap reasons on Feb. 20, and perhaps draft Texas tweener Brian Orapko to play left end.

Taylor, a six-time Pro Bowl end for Miami and the active sacks leader, was acquired from the Dolphins last July hours after starting left end Phillip Daniels suffered a season-ending knee injury. It seemed like a brilliant move, but Taylor was kicked in the calf in Week 3 against Arizona and wound up needing emergency surgery to save his leg. He had a followup procedure in October and was never himself; Taylor averaged 43.8 snaps in his 12 games and was credited with only 37 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

- 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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