Despite a frustrating first season with the Redskins, DE Jason Taylor is committed to improving and will return to the team in 2009, his agent told the Washington Post:
- “It’s tough to play when you’re injured, when you can’t do the things you always have, and Jason was just dealing with a lot last year,” said Taylor’s agent, Gary Wichard. “But it is what it is. That’s just part of this game, and Jason never made excuses. He’s working to be the same Pro Bowler he always was, and he’s ready to go.
- “Before the trade was done, he was asked if he would play out his two years left on the contract, and he said, ‘Absolutely,’ ” Wichard said. “They asked for a two-year commitment from Jason. They gave up a lot to get him, so I understand why they did, and we gave them that commitment. That was the deal, so there’s nothing new there.”
Last year, the Redskins traded a 2009 second-round draft pick and a 2010 sixth-round selection to the Dolphins to acquire Taylor, who is a six-time Pro Bowler and a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
After starting every game with Miami since 2000, Taylor started just eight games and played in 13 in his first season with Washington. He had 3.5 sacks and 29 tackles with one forced fumble. His tackle total was a career low, and his sack total was his lowest since he had 2.5 in 1999.
Taylor, 34, was bothered by knee and calf injuries in 2008 and twice needed surgery on his left calf. But it appears the 12-year veteran is committed to turning around things with the Redskins.