Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
In the aftermath of Friday's blockbuster additions in free agency, the Washington Redskins have parted ways with defensive end Jason Taylor. According to ESPN.com's John Clayton, who hasn't slept in 72 hours, Taylor balked when the Redskins asked him to show up for 75 percent of the club's offseason workouts.
Even after restructuring his deal, Taylor was still scheduled to make $8.5 million in 2009, but he didn't want to be away from his family for that long. Of course, he always had the option of moving his family to Washington when he agreed last summer to play two seasons for the Redskins. But Taylor and his wife are are a big part of the Miami community and maybe they didn't want to give that up. I've always thought a commuter marriage would be much more palatable when $8.5 million's hanging in the balance, but that's just me.
If the Redskins truly wanted Taylor to play another season, they wouldn't be hassling him about offseason workouts. Running back Clinton Portis often spent the majority of his offseason working out on South Beach. The Cowboys' Terrell Owens is the same way.
Taylor never fully recovered from a leg injury last season and wasn't nearly as productive as he'd been in Miami. He also struggled in Greg Blache's defense.
The Redskins have spent the last couple of days telling us how defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth is so disruptive that he'll make players around him better. But those players around him need to be somewhat talented. In my opinion, you can't go into next season depending heavily on players such as Andre Carter and Demetric Evans. If you think Kyle Vanden Bosch simply got lucky by playing next to Haynesworth, you haven't watched the Titans much.
Now I'm anxious to hear your take.