Agent: Taylor Deal Close

One of the agents for rookie safety Sean Taylor arrived at Redskins Park today, cautiously optimistic that a deal could be reached anytime, making it sound as if a deal is imminent.

One of the agents for rookie safety Sean Taylor arrived at Redskins Park today, cautiously optimistic that a deal could be reached anytime, making it sound as if a deal is imminent. Jeff Moorad said they have agreed to the paramaters of a deal, but are now haggling over the details.

''We're within striking distance,'' Moorad said. ''We're close enough [to a deal] to be here and we're trying to push it over the edge. We're hopeful that being on their home turf might push it over the edge.''

Taylor, the fifth overall pick in the draft, has not distinguished himself since being selected. He was fined $25,000 for leaving the rookie symposium early and he waited until last week to hire an agent. He also missed organized workouts at Redskins Park.

There was a fear that he could be a holdout. But that doesn't appear to be in his future anymore. The Redskins capologist Eric Shaffer met with Moorad's partner, Scott Parker, in California last week.

In some ways, the late start for Moorad and another partner, Eugene Mato, might have been beneficial.

''It's been an unusual process,'' Moorad said. ''It may have been a blessing. If we had been at this for a period of months, we would not be any further ahead. We may have had an advantage starting at the 11th hour. And we're here for as long as it takes. Sean and Gene are in Miami waiting by the phone for what they hope is a positive report.''


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