- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Driving from northern Virginia to Baltimore this afternoon for today’s Preakness Stakes draw, I still had a hard time comprehending what I was going to say in this blog entry.

Sean Taylor did something smart by reporting to the Loudoun County Parkway on Tuesday for the second week of the Redskins’ off-season practices/workouts/rehearsals/recesses.

It boggles the mind, right?

Sean Taylor did something right.

Sean Taylor did something befitting a future leader.

Sean Taylor did something smart.

Sean Taylor did something that showed respect for his head coach.

Maybe the kid is getting it after all.

Entering his fourth NFL season and with the jury still very much out (at least this vote) on whether he will be the game-changing safety the Redskins have made him out to be since drafting him in 2004, Taylor created his usual negative buzz by no-showing last week, a situation worsened when Joe Gibbs said he had had “no contact” with Taylor.

Myself and everybody else jumped on the speculation train: He wants a new contract. He’s still ticked about Ryan Clark not being retained. He’s daring the Redskins by not showing up for the “voluntary” workouts. He still hasn’t learned what being an NFL player is all about.

But then he shows up yesterday.

What gives?

My guess is Taylor and agent/Redskins supporter Drew Rosenhaus took Gibbs’ message to heart — just watch his briefing on the Internet last week and his frustrations were clear — and decided to travel from Miami for the workouts.

If the Taylor camp wants a new contract (he’s entering Year 4 of a seven-year deal) and you know they do, to get in line with deals given to Dallas’ Roy Williams and Baltimore’s Ed Reed, they decided that playing the good teammate is the best means to the best end.

Translation: Show up for the voluntary workouts, occasionally talk to the media (I’m pretty sure yesterday was his first interview session since after the Week 1 Minnesota loss) and don’t be such a grouch and the Redskins will reward him sooner rather than later.

Taylor’s arrival leaves only cornerback Shawn Springs away from the workouts. This is not as big a deal as Taylor’s absence. Springs is an established veteran who, while unhappy with the way he was treated by the team this offseason (as he should be), will show up for the minicamp and will be in shape.

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