- The Washington Times - Friday, March 31, 2006

It appears Sean Taylor is headed for trial after all. Negotiations between lawyers for the Washington Redskins safety and Florida state’s attorneys on possibly altering the charges that Taylor faces proved fruitless yesterday. So each side is expected to report to Judge Mary Barzee on Tuesday that it will be ready for the oft-postponed trial to begin as scheduled April10 in Miami.

Taylor, who turned 23 today, faces a maximum of 46 years in prison: 15 years on each of three felony assault charges and one year on a simple battery charge. All four counts stem from an incident June1 in Miami that Taylor’s attorneys say began when some of the state’s witnesses stole two of his all-terrain vehicles. Prosecutors said Taylor fired shots at three men in retaliation.

The fifth pick in the 2004 draft, Taylor has been a mainstay of Washington defenses that ranked in the top 10 during his two seasons. Pierson Prioleau would join newly acquired Adam Archuleta as a starter, with only practice squad member Curry Burns in reserve if Taylor was found guilty and imprisoned.

Meanwhile, restricted free agent Ade Jimoh signed his $722,000 tender with the Redskins. For the moment, Jimoh, who played mostly on special teams during his first three seasons, is the No.3 corner behind starters Shawn Springs and Carlos Rogers.

David Elfin

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