- The Washington Times - Friday, June 24, 2005

Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor is scheduled to be arraigned this morning in Miami on two felony counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and a first-degree misdemeanor charge, stemming from a June 1 incident.

Taylor, 22, would face a minimum of three years in jail under Florida’s “10-20-life” law if convicted in the wake of the incident, during which he supposedly pointed a gun at two people who he believed had stolen two of his all-terrain vehicles.

Taylor supposedly then assaulted one of them while an associate, Charles Elwood Caughman, chased the other with a baseball bat. A second phase of the incident, in which shots supposedly were fired at Taylor in retaliation, remains under police investigation.

Taylor, who turned himself into Miami-Dade police and was released on bail June 4, gave a voluntary statement to assistant state’s attorney Michael Grieco on Tuesday. Taylor’s attorney, Edward Carhart, is hopeful the state will drop the case.

The former University of Miami All-American has been unable to avoid controversy since Washington took him fifth overall in the 2004 draft. He has fired two agents and an attorney, was fined by the NFL for leaving the mandatory rookie symposium and for late hits and uniform violations.

Taylor hasn’t spoken to the media since Oct. 28, the day before his arrest on DUI charges on the Beltway. Redskins coach Joe Gibbs suspended Taylor for the subsequent game against Green Bay, but he was eventually cleared of those charges.

Taylor skipped the entire voluntary offseason program at Redskin Park and resisted Gibbs’ attempts to reach him until June 9, when he was excused from the mandatory minicamp to focus on his legal defense. Taylor is also known to be unhappy with his seven-year contract that could be worth up to $40 million if he meets all its incentives.

Even if the state proceeds with the charges, Taylor is expected to report to Redskin Park for training camp July 31. If a trial date is set for the fall, Carhart likely would succeed in having it postponed until next offseason.

Meanwhile, after losing out to Detroit earlier this month for R.W. McQuarters, Washington signed free agent cornerback Artrell Hawkins. Hawkins, 28, was a nickel back for Carolina last season after spending his first six seasons with Cincinnati, five as a starter.

Hawkins is the Redskins’ only proven reserve behind starting corners Shawn Springs and Walt Harris, although first-round draft choice Carlos Rogers could well make Harris a backup at some point this season. The only other corner on the roster with more than two games of NFL experience is the oft-beaten Ade Jimoh.

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