Smiling and unusually congenial, safety Sean Taylor reported to Washington Redskins training camp Sunday in Ashburn, Va., ending an offseason in which he snubbed his coaches and got arrested in Miami.
"I'm happy to be back," Taylor said as he walked to his car after taking a required conditioning test with the team's training staff. Taylor, a former star at the University of Miami, sported a different look and different attitude, at least in the few seconds he was exposed to reporters.
He wore his hair tightly braided under a baseball cap, with a green shirt and white baggy shorts. He smiled as reporters walked with him and even paused in his car to give one photographer extra time to take his picture - a gesture unimaginable when Taylor was boycotting the media for much of last year.
Taylor said he would speak more at length today. "I'll have something for you in the morning," he said.
Being cooperative won't end Taylor's troubles, however. He is facing a felony charge of aggravated assault with a firearm and a misdemeanor charge of simple battery stemming from a June 1confrontation near his Miami home. His trial is set for Sept. 12, the day after the Redskins open the regular season. Even if the trial is postponed, the matter should cloud Taylor's season.
Even before his arrest, Taylor upset coach Joe Gibbs by staying away from the team's off-season meetings and practices. Taylor and Gibbs had a long-overdue, face-to-face meeting Saturday.
WARD HOLDS OUT
Hines Ward became the Pittsburgh Steelers' first major holdout in 12 years, keeping his promise not to report to training camp without a contract extension that would make him one of the NFL'stop-paid receivers.
Once Ward missed the 6 p.m. reporting deadline, Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert said negotiations were over until Ward shows up - something the four-time Pro Bowl receiver has insisted that he won't do without a new deal.
NEW DEAL FOR BOLDIN
The Arizona Cardinals agreed to a contract extension with receiver Anquan Boldin that would keep him with the team through the 2010 season.
The six-year, $23.5 million contract includes signing bonuses of $5 million this year and $5 million in 2006. The team also agreed to terms with second-round draft pick J.J. Arrington.
* Chiefs: Linebacker Derrick Johnson, Kansas City's first-round draft choice, agreed to a five-year contract and is expected to be in camp today. * Seahawks: Seattle signed second-round draft pick Lofa Tatupu, leaving first-round selection Chris Spencer as the team's only unsigned rookie. Tatupu, a linebacker out of USC, joined the teamfor Sunday's early workout. * Falcons: Atlanta signed first-round draft pick Roddy White, a wide receiver from Alabama-Birmingham, to a five-year, $7.35 million contract that includes $4.47 million in bonus guarantees.