Sunday, July 20, 2008

BREAKING: Jason Taylor traded to Redskins

[Update 10:30 PM] It looks like the trade has indeed been finalized, and Miami not only gets a 2009 second-round draft pick but also a 2010 sixth-round draft pick. [End update]

Well, Matt Light is probably on his knees thanking the high heavens that the man who has made him his personal whipping boy throughout his career is now out of the AFC.

According to Jay Glazer, the Washington Redskins have agreed to trade a 2009 second-round draft pick to Miami for DE Jason Taylor. The trade should be finalized sometime tonight.

This move was precipitated by a rash of injuries to Washington's defensive ends on just the first day of training camp. Both Phillip Daniels and Alex Buzbee suffered season-ending injuries on Sunday, making the Redskins desperate for DE help.

It was an unfortunate turn of events for Washington, but things couldn't have played out much better for Taylor and Miami. This trade gives both sides an easy way to avoid the inevitable collision that was fast approaching with training camp opening up in about a week. Miami gets excellent value for a player who is committed to playing only one more season, and Taylor gets to play for a contender.

It's funny how a situation that can seem so toxic can miraculously be solved in so little time and with such ease.

I'm going to miss Jason dearly, but this move was absolutely the right one. That second-round pick should turn into another cornerstone of this team as it develops into a future contender.

It will be strange though to see Jason Taylor playing against his brother-in-law Zach Thomas for the first time in their careers.

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