- The Washington Times - Friday, May 11, 2007

Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said yesterday he’s surprised that top cornerback Shawn Springs and No. 1 safety Sean Taylor aren’t participating in the team’s organized activities.

“Obviously, it’s disappointing,” Gibbs said after the rest of the team finished the first of five weeks of on-field drills leading to next month’s minicamp. “You want everybody here. It helps when you know what the situation is and they’ll talk to you and say this is what they don’t like.”

While Taylor’s non-attendance at non-mandatory activities has become expected, Gibbs seemed more disappointed in Springs being a no-show for the first time. Springs, who hasn’t returned calls this week, is apparently unhappy the Redskins tried to get him to rework his contract to reduce his $7.35 million salary cap number, second on the team behind four-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Chris Samuels.

“I’ve had a lot of talks with Shawn,” Gibbs said. “We made our decision that we were going to ahead with our normal situation, contractually and every other way. I sat down with him [at the NFL meetings in March] in Phoenix. Up to two weeks ago, we thought we were in real good shape. The [assistant] coaches were talking to him. Then all of a sudden we lost contact with him.”

Gibbs said he has expressed his feelings about Springs’ absence to the cornerback’s agent, Eugene Parker.

As for Taylor, Gibbs said, “I’ve had no contact with Sean. I’m not aware of anything [wrong] there.”

Gibbs said he hasn’t talked to Taylor’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, but others in the organization have.

“It’s something you’ve got to work your way through,” Gibbs said about missing his top two members of the secondary.

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