July 20, 2008

Redskins Trade for Jason Taylor

Adding a Pro Bowl DE will help the Skins this year, but not two years from now.

Very quickly after Daniels' torn ACL, the Redskins have acquired Jason Taylor from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a 2nd round 2009 draft pick and a 6th round 2010 pick. Given that the Dolphins were rumored to be asking for a 1st round pick, the Redskins probably got good value in this trade. The Dolphins seem happy to be rid of Taylor, after his relationship with Parcells became strained during "Dancing with the Stars".

The real question is whether this helps the Redskins. Obviously, it fills a need for the team at DE in the short term, with Daniels out for the year and Erasmus James unable to practice right now. However, Jason Taylor is not likely to play beyond 2010, already a 12 year veteran who will turn 34 before the season starts.

Parcells got tired of seeing dancing instead of wind sprints.

Last year, the Skins squeaked into the playoffs from 3rd place in the NFC East, and it's hard to see them improving on that result this year. Zorn is a first-year head coach, and the systems on both sides of the ball will be completely different. The team certainly has talent, but the division will be quite tough this year. The Giants are the defending Super Bowl champs, and the Cowboys had the best record in the NFC last year. Meanwhile, Philly has made some interesting off-season moves and should not be overlooked.

I think Jason Taylor will definitely make the Redskins better this year, but I don't think they will make the playoffs with or without him. In order to build a team for the future, we should be using those draft picks on young players who can develop with the rest of the young nucleus that has been assembled in Washington. Instead, Taylor represents a high-priced free agent who can help the team in the short term, but will be taking dollars and plays away from others who could be valuable starters in a couple years. Yet another short-term decision by the worst management team in the NFL. Way to go Danny.

2 Responses:

"ben" said...

How did I not see this coming? When will I ever learn?!

J-Red said...

I think it's a good trade, so long as it's really intended for 2009. Taylor can play either end, Daniels will be back, and the team will be in the second year of the Jim Zorn offense.

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