Taylor looking for a new contract

ASHBURN, Va. -- Safety Sean Taylor was the only unexcused
absence when the Washington Redskins began practicing Tuesday.

"We have had no contact with him," coach Joe Gibbs said.

Taylor has stayed away from the team's offseason program because he wants a new contract. He signed a seven-year, $18 million deal
as the No. 5 overall draft pick last year.

"I think that the day you sign a contract you have to honor
that contract," Gibbs said. "That is part of the deal."

The Redskins began a series of "organized team activities" --
practices without pads -- that will lead to a minicamp in mid-June.
Attendance is technically voluntary, but Gibbs has made it clear he
expects every player to attend if possible.

Among those excused were linebacker LaVar Arrington, who traveled to Alabama on Monday to see a doctor for a checkup on his right knee. Arrington had surgery on the knee last month, and the team is optimistic he will be back on the field for training camp.

"The initial report that we got back is that he felt real good," Gibbs said. "We are just going slow with him."

Also absent was linebacker Mike Barrow, rehabilitating his injured knee with a doctor in Arizona. Punter Tom Tupa was excused for personal reasons. Defensive lineman Brandon Noble, battling complications associated with recent knee surgery, was at Redskins Park but did not take part in the practice.

Receiver Rod Gardner, who has requested a trade, also was not at the facility and is not expected to attend any of the workouts.

Meanwhile, the Redskins waived undrafted rookie tight end David Kashetta to make room on the roster for newly signed linebacker Warrick Holdman.

The Redskins announced last week they were getting the 6-foot-1,
235-pound Holdman, but his signing was not made official until