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Taylor, Staley no-shows at Eagles' mini-camp

Postby Dazedncnfz » Sat Jun 07, 2003 10:41 am

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Troy Vincent won't let his contract situation keep him from practice. Bobby Taylor doesn't feel the same.

Both Pro Bowl cornerbacks are entering the final year of contracts with the Philadelphia Eagles. Vincent reported to minicamp on Tuesday after missing Monday's practice for personal reasons. Taylor remained absent, unhappy that the Eagles won't offer him a contract extension.

Running back Duce Staley, also entering the final year of his deal, was another no-show. Vincent, the team leader, said he spoke to Taylor and Staley about their situations.

"To each his own,'' Vincent said. "I understand their position.''

Vincent, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, is scheduled to earn $4.4 million this season. Taylor, who made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his eight-year career, will make $4.1 million. It's unlikely the Eagles will re-sign both players.

Philadelphia drafted cornerbacks Lito Sheppard (first round) and Sheldon Brown (second round) in last year's draft as future replacements for Vincent and Taylor. Vincent turns 32 on Sunday, and Taylor will be 30 in December.

"It'll take care of itself,'' Vincent said about his situation. "If I'm meant to be here, that will happen. I don't want it to be a distraction. I just want to continue to play well on the field and help us win.''

This week's minicamp is voluntary so Taylor and Staley won't be fined for skipping. Vincent is confident both will be at training camp in July.

"Everyone will be here,'' he said. "We'll be ready to go.''

The Eagles haven't had a player miss a minicamp for contract reasons during coach Andy Reid's four seasons in Philadelphia. Over the last two years, the team hasn't brought back three players who had problems with their contracts.

Two-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter was allowed to leave through free agency after the 2001 season. Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Hugh Douglas also left through free agency after last season. Return specialist Brian Mitchell did the same this offseason.

"We're trying to win a championship,'' defensive tackle Corey Simon said. "That's our focus. The other stuff, that's part of the business.''

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