Sean Taylor fined by the NFL...
NEW YORK (AP) - Safety Sean Taylor of the Washington Redskins has been fined $25,000 by the NFL for leaving the league's rookie symposium for a day.
The fine is the largest leveled on a rookie for missing the mandatory seminars for first-year players. Ryan Leaf of San Diego and Ron Dayne of the New York Giants were fined $10,000 in 1998 and 2000 - Leaf for leaving early and Dayne for not attending.
The NFL did not announce the fine but a source within the league, who requested anonymity, confirmed to The Associated Press that it had been levied.
Taylor, who starred at Miami, was the fifth player chosen in the April draft. He fired his agent shortly after the draft and waited until this week to hire Eugene Mato and Jeffrey Moorad to start negotiations for a contract with the Redskins.
"There was agreement around the table today that everyone's entitled to a rookie mistake," said Moorad, commenting on the fine following Friday's contract talks in Newport Beach, Calif. "At this point, the focus is on getting his career started with the Redskins."
Moorad and Mato met Thursday and Friday with Redskins director of player personnel Vinny Cerrato, but Cerrato returned to Washington late Friday without a deal.
Moorad's longtime associate, Scott Parker, and Redskins front office negotiator Eric Schaffer will continue the talks Saturday in San Francisco. Moorad said there was still a chance Taylor could be signed on Sunday so that he could attend a three-day "passing camp" starting Monday. Training camp opens next Saturday.
"We haven't given up on Sunday yet," Moorad said. "There's a fair amount of positive momentum, but we're still apart on some significant issues and we're looking for ways to resolve them."
The mandatory rookie symposium is designed to teach rookies about the pitfalls of being an NFL player, with an emphasis on off-the-field behavior.
Taylor attended the first session on Sunday, June 27. He left the next day, then returned for the final session.
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