The season started out as a disaster. We had players dropping like flies. Phillip Daniels went down, possibly with a career ending knee injury. Promising defensive end Alex Buzbee also went down with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Fred Smoot went down with a sprain that fortunately doesn’t seem to be too bad. I was starting to have flashbacks of the infamous body bag game in Philly. Not only were two of the injuries serious, but they were all in positions where we could ill afford to lose anyone.
But good ol’ Danny was not about to allow his season to be ruined in the first day of training camp. He went out and pulled the trigger on a trade that brings Jason Taylor from Miami to the Nation’s Capital.
The trade forces us to give up a second round pick in 2009 and a sixth round in 2010. Furthermore, Jason Taylor claims that he’s willing to play for the final two years of his contract without negotiating a new deal. Despite media criticism, we had the cap room tucked away for a rainy day and now we’ve got a potential game-changing player.
Let’s hope we got our serious injuries out of the way and that this first day isn’t a harbigner of more to come. I’m excited at the potential of Jason Taylor, especially now that he’s talking about two years and the trade price tag is a little lower. With the injury situation, I think we needed to pull the trigger on a deal somewhere. We were already thin to begin with.
In other news, in case you missed it, all of the Redskins draft picks are signed and attending now that Fred Davis has signed. There are no reports that anyone slept in, which in itself is a good sign for Davis.