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Redskins patch defensive line hole by resigning Phil Taylor

April 4, 2018 GMT

This is not the time of year when NFL teams make big splashes. This is when teams patch holes.

The Washington Redskins, for instance, signed defensive tackle Phil Taylor, the team announced Tuesday. Taylor doesn’t have the name value of the sought-after Johnathan Hankins, though he could help the Redskins’ defensive line.

The defensive tackle will rejoin the Redskins on a one-year deal, and will attempt another NFL comeback.

Taylor hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2014, but was on the cusp of making the Redskins’ roster before suffering a season-ending quad injury last preseason.

Taylor was projected to be the Redskins’ starting nose tackle before he tore his quad in the team’s third preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Redskins are looking to upgrade their defensive line, particularly with players who can do a better job against the run. It’s unclear how much Taylor has left at this point, but he could provide depth in training camp, at the very least.

A former 2011 first-round pick, Taylor has dealt with a series of injuries throughout his career. He spent four seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

There’s patchwork and more going on with Redskins’ rivals in the NFC East:

Beckham to be traded?

The Giants might actually be exploring trading star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., with ESPN’s Adam Schefter classifying the trade talks are “very real.” The team is reportedly asking for two first-round picks. Beckham is entering the final year of his contact, and his off-the-field antics have reportedly left the Giants frustrated. The Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers, per reports, are interested.

Dez dispenser

Hey, remember that rumor that Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant could take a paycut or be released? Well, it could still happen, apparently. The Cowboys just need to decide what to do, first. NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported owner Jerry Jones and his son (who is also director of player personnel), Stephen, are in a tug-of-war over what to do with Bryant. Jerry wants Bryant to stay, while Stephen wants to cut bait.

Foles likely staying

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson told ESPN on Friday that it’s “safe to say” Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles will be on the roster at the start of next season. The Eagles explored trading Foles because they have a franchise quarterback in Carson Wentz. But teams haven’t met the Eagles’ high asking price, making it likely Foles remains in Philadelphia. In other news because, again, this is a slow time of year Pederson will throw out the first pitch Thursday at the Philadelphia Phillies’ home opener.