Tuesday, November 27

NFL scrambling for answers after safety Taylors death

Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor, 24, died today from a gunshot wound he suffered at his home in south Florida. While his death is a tradegy it leads to some serious issues related to the NFL salary cap and what, if any, relief the Redskins will be able to recoup. According to NFL senior vice president of public relations Greg Aiello, the league has "no specific salary-cap rules" governing a player's death.

Taylor, a former University of Miami Hurricance standout, had a base salary of $1.125 million. Taylor already collected 12 weeks worth of that salary and, per league rules, the Redskins will not be liable for the remaining 5 weeks of the season against the salary cap. What remains to be seen is how the remaining years of his contract will be counted against the salary cap.

One can only hope that the Redskins and owner Daniel Synder will make sure that Taylor's girlfriend of seven years and his one year old daughter will recieve the appropriate benefits due to his tragic death.