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Redskins Obtain Taylor In Trade With Miami

The Redskins agreed to a blockbuster trade on Sunday evening, acquiring defensive end Jason Taylor in a trade with the Miami Dolphins.

In exchange for Taylor, the Redskins sent a 2009 second-round pick and a 2010 sixth-round pick to the Dolphins.

Taylor, 6-6 and 255 pounds, has been one of the premiere defensive linemen in the NFL since he entered the league in 1995. He has made the Pro Bowl six times, including the last four years.

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Jason Taylor (AP Photo)
"We acquired a perennial Pro Bowl player and one of the NFL's top pass rushers," executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said. "He is a great leader who will fit in very well with our team. We feel that Jason is a great addition on the field as well as off the field.

"He is a playmaker who can do so many different things for us on defense."

Taylor gained newfound popularity when he was recently a contestant on "Dancing With the Stars," the popular television dance show on ABC.

Taylor, a Pittsburgh native, turns 34 on Sept. 1. He has spent his entire 12-year NFL career with the Dolphins.

For his career, Taylor has recordded 453 tackles, 117 sacks and seven interceptions, three of which he returned for touchdowns. His 100.5 sacks this decade is a league-high.

Taylor was named the Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 when he had 60 tackles, 13.5 sacks and two interceptions.

The Redskins were suddenly in the market for a defensive end on Sunday when the team lost two defensive ends in the first training camp practice.

Phillip Daniels, a 13-year veteran, suffered a knee ligament injury and second-year player Alex Buzbee suffered a ruptured Achilles on the first day of training camp. Both are lost for the season.


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