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January 12, 2003 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the past, it might not have happened. Bobby Taylor might have knocked down that pass instead. He might have tipped it. But this has been an extraordinary season for Taylor, the Eagles cornerback who made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his eight-year career. So Taylor, who finished the regular season with a career-high five interceptions, intercepted that Michael Vick pass in the first quarter of last night's 20-6 Eagles victory in a NFC playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons at Veterans Stadium, and he returned it a career-high 39 yards for a touchdown.
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December 1, 1999 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bobby Taylor knows when he has a bad game. That doesn't mean he cares to dwell on it. "That was two weeks ago," he said in response to a question about his performance in the Eagles' first game against Washington. He said "two weeks ago" as if it were two centuries. Ancient history. There's no room for ancient history in a cornerback's mind. "I had two bad games in a row," Taylor said. "I wouldn't call that a totally bad season, though. " Taylor's consecutive poor performances came against two of the most explosive offenses in the league, Washington and Indianapolis.
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June 3, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Longtime Eagles cornerback Bobby Taylor yesterday was released by the Seattle Seahawks. Taylor was drafted in the second round by the Eagles in 1995 and played for them nine seasons. He left as a free agent after the 2003 season, signing a 4-year, $11.3 million deal with Seattle. Waiting until at least June 1 to release Taylor allows the remaining $2.25 million from his signing bonus to count against the salary cap next year instead of this year.
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March 24, 2004 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Bobby Taylor, the longest-tenured Eagle, has reached an agreement to sign with the Seattle Seahawks after nine seasons in Philadelphia, ESPN.com reported. Taylor agreed to a four-year, $11.3 million contract with the Seahawks last night, the Web site said. The deal reportedly includes a $3 million signing bonus and significant incentives. The contract could become $16.8 million over four years, based on incentives, including one that would pay Taylor more than $1 million in a season for leading the team in interceptions.
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September 16, 1996 | by Rich Hofmann, Daily News Sports Columnist
Emmitt Thomas said the conversation took place late Monday night/early Tuesday morning. The Eagles' defensive coordinator was talking to his second-year cornerback, Bobby Taylor. They were on an airplane, a plane out of Green Bay after a brutal, nationally televised loss. Taylor hadn't really been victimized during the game, certainly no more than anyone else. But it was a down time for a proud team, and there weren't many days to rebound, and next up were the Detroit Lions and that Barry Sanders fellow and those two 100-catch receivers, Herman Moore and Brett Perriman.
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October 24, 1997 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
Eagles cornerback Bobby Taylor made his name against Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin. Soon, the Eagles based their defensive scheme against the Cowboys around Taylor's ability to limit the Pro Bowl wideout. Taylor has started six games in a row against Dallas, but on Sunday, the Eagles will be without him. Taylor underwent reconstructive surgery Wednesday to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament and some torn cartilage in his right knee, and will be lost for the season.
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September 11, 1997 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
Bobby Taylor has a habit. The Eagles' young cornerback plays harder against better teams, particularly against teams with players who can test his ability. Specifically, the Dallas Cowboys. Especially Michael Irvin. Taylor jumped into the national football consciousness on Dec. 10, 1995, when the rookie defensive back limited "The Playmaker" to a pedestrian three catches for 40 yards. It happened during an Eagles win on national television against the eventual Super Bowl champions.
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December 9, 2002 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The hit knocked Bobby Taylor silly. But once he got his hands on that ball, he never let it go. That has been the routine lately for Taylor, the Eagles cornerback who had two interceptions yesterday in a 27-20 victory over the Seattle Seahawks at Seahawks Stadium. Taylor suffered a concussion after his first interception when he slammed his head into the turf, but he held onto the ball and stayed in the game long enough to make a once-in-a-lifetime interception in the second quarter.
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September 1, 2000 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
He helped make Bobby Taylor a millionaire. He struck terror into the hearts of defensive coordinators with his combination of speed and strength and toughness. They called him "The Playmaker," but against Eagles cornerback Bobby Taylor he made few plays. Michael Irvin is gone. He retired during the offseason after doctors discovered a congenital defect in his spinal column. It was a discovery that resulted from examinations of Irvin's neck injury suffered when his Dallas Cowboys lost in Philadelphia on Oct. 10 last year.
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November 4, 1996 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
They lined up across from each other, did Michael Irvin and Bobby Taylor, and battled like the warriors they are. Second-year cornerback Taylor was drafted in the second round last year to defend against big receivers. He made his name last season by limiting Irvin, a five-time Pro Bowl wideout, to four catches for 49 yards in the teams' second and third meetings. It was special to watch them yesterday. Said Taylor: "It was like a quiet war out there. " It was a massacre in the first half.
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February 28, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Jason Peters signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted rookie in 2004, he received a signing bonus of $5,000. At that point, earning a roster spot was the only foreseeable goal. Peters has since developed into one of the NFL's premier left tackles and has been compensated accordingly. The Eagles made him the highest-paid offensive lineman in 2009, and they gave him a four-year contract extension on Wednesday that includes what Peters' agent Vincent Taylor said is the most guaranteed money ever given to a tackle age 32 or older.
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July 5, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The agent for newly acquired Flyers free-agent center Vincent Lecavalier said the appeal of the franchise had much to do with the player's decision to move to Philadelphia. Lecavalier, after being let go through a compliance buyout by the Tampa Bay Lightning, agreed to terms of a five-year, $22.5 million contract with the Flyers on Tuesday. He can't technically sign the contract until Friday. "We could have had a much more significant contract if he made the decision solely on money," agent Kent Hughes said Wednesday in a phone interview.
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June 3, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Longtime Eagles cornerback Bobby Taylor yesterday was released by the Seattle Seahawks. Taylor was drafted in the second round by the Eagles in 1995 and played for them nine seasons. He left as a free agent after the 2003 season, signing a 4-year, $11.3 million deal with Seattle. Waiting until at least June 1 to release Taylor allows the remaining $2.25 million from his signing bonus to count against the salary cap next year instead of this year.
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March 24, 2004 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Bobby Taylor, the longest-tenured Eagle, has reached an agreement to sign with the Seattle Seahawks after nine seasons in Philadelphia, ESPN.com reported. Taylor agreed to a four-year, $11.3 million contract with the Seahawks last night, the Web site said. The deal reportedly includes a $3 million signing bonus and significant incentives. The contract could become $16.8 million over four years, based on incentives, including one that would pay Taylor more than $1 million in a season for leading the team in interceptions.
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February 24, 2004 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The probability that none of the Eagles' four most prominent free agents will be back next season has increased. With the odds already listed as slim that the team would strike new deals with Duce Staley, Bobby Taylor and Troy Vincent, a source close to the situation indicated yesterday that negotiations between veteran linebacker Carlos Emmons and the Eagles have essentially died before they started. The source said that the two sides exchanged faxes a few weeks ago, and the result was that Emmons' camp decided the linebacker's only option was to shop himself as a free agent.
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December 2, 2003 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's going to be another interesting week for Eagles cornerback Bobby Taylor. Coach Andy Reid said yesterday that both Taylor and free safety Brian Dawkins had come through Sunday's victory over Carolina all right. "They're a little bit sore today," Reid said. "They're both over their injuries. It's just the soreness of getting back in there and playing a football game. We'll see how they do in the next few days here as far as practice goes. " The last time Dawkins and Taylor returned from their foot injuries, they were unable to play the next week.
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November 7, 2003 | By Ashley McGeachy Fox INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This will not be it. Bobby Taylor will not let it. Taylor will not end his wonderful working relationship with Troy Vincent on the sidelines, watching his teammate for the last 7 1/2 seasons play while he recovers from a plantar fascia strain in his right foot. "I'm going to play again this year," Taylor said yesterday. "We will play again together this year. I'm very optimistic about that. " Cornerbacks Taylor and Vincent will be free agents at the end of this season, and Eagles management likely will not bring both veterans back for another season.
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June 3, 2003 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the Eagles finished their first full-squad minicamp last month, coach Andy Reid seemed certain that his team had cleared the hurdle of controversy that impeded it after the mass departure of veteran free agents this off-season. Reid was confident that when his team reconvened yesterday at the NovaCare Complex that the calm focus he so covets would also be back. He was mistaken. What the Eagles had instead was an entirely new controversy and some more missing veterans.
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May 2, 2003 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Together since 1996 - a virtual lifetime in the NFL - Brian Dawkins, Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor have placed an indelible imprint on the Eagles. You won't find a more experienced trio of defensive backs in the NFL and, without question, they are the most important link to the continued success of the Eagles' defense. Since their first season together, Dawkins, Vincent and Taylor have combined for 61 interceptions, 18 1/2 sacks and 1,515 tackles. Dawkins and Vincent are among the league's most punishing defensive backs, as well as the undisputed team leaders, and Taylor is one of the league's best cover guys.
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January 12, 2003 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the past, it might not have happened. Bobby Taylor might have knocked down that pass instead. He might have tipped it. But this has been an extraordinary season for Taylor, the Eagles cornerback who made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his eight-year career. So Taylor, who finished the regular season with a career-high five interceptions, intercepted that Michael Vick pass in the first quarter of last night's 20-6 Eagles victory in a NFC playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons at Veterans Stadium, and he returned it a career-high 39 yards for a touchdown.
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