Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
The Washington Redskins have suggested that it was Jason Taylor's refusal to increase his time in the club's voluntary workout program that led to his release. But Taylor was telling a different story during a charity event in Hollywood, Fla., on Sunday.
When Taylor kept saying that what had been reported in Washington wasn't accurate, AFC East blogger Tim Graham asked for clarification.
"I don't want to say anything bad about Dan [Snyder], the organization," Taylor said. "They were great to work with. We sat down here in Miami and I told him point blank I didn't want to steal from him; I didn't want to go up there and take the eight-and-a-half-million dollars and not be productive. It wasn't fair. I took a lot of heat last year for the lack of productivity, and the injuries and what not, but after you play in a certain system and a certain situation for 11 years, and make the Pro Bowl six times, then go up and they tell you now play the other side, it doesn't always work that way. We couldn't find that mix last year, and I didn't want to go through that whole thing again, personally or on the team side. I just didn't think it was fair to Dan."
You know how much it pains me to be cynical, but something doesn't smell right here. Taylor walked away from $8.5 million because he didn't think he was earning it? There may be some truth to that, but I believe the biggest reason Taylor's gone is because Snyder and Vinny Cerrato tried to force him into attending offseason workouts. Taylor has his eye on a future in the entertainment world, and working out four days a week in Ashburn, Va., would've cramped his style. Taylor was asked if he simply needed a fresh start somewhere else.
"No, I stressed that wasn't the most beneficial situation for either one of us. It wasn't fair to the team, to him, or to myself. Believe it or not I didn't want to steal $8 million and do nothing. I wanted to be on a team and help them win. People do that, and if that's their thing that's their thing. But people down here know me well enough that they know I like to be productive and it's not all about money for me. It is part of the business; we all understand that. But would I rather steal $8 million or go be productive and help a team? I'd like to help a team."