Signing Jason Taylor Will Cost 2nd Round Pick

The Miami Dolphins are rumored to be in the market for Jason Taylor.  John Clayton reported yesterday that the Dolphins and the Patriots are the two teams most likely to land the former NFL DPOY.  Taylor was released by the Washington Redskins early in the free agent period after being traded last year from Miami for a 2nd round pick.  Now, it seems that the pick may be going back to Washington…if JT signs with the Phins.

An NFL rule filed under “Penalties for Unfair Acts” allows the Commissioner to revoke any trade compensation if a player who is traded returns to his original team within 365 days of his trade.  Section 9.1 (E) of the NFL Constitution and Bylaws states:

The Commissioner’s powers under this section (UNFAIR ACTS) include the imposition of monetary fines and draft choice forfeitures, suspension of persons involved, and, if appropriate, the reversal of any trade compensation.  Should a trade be player for player, the infringing team will lose draft pick compensation upon review of the Commissioner commensurate with the value of said trade.

The Dolphins however can wait until after the draft in April and sign Taylor at that point.  A loop hole in the wording of the rules does not allow for future draft pick penalties and since the draft would be over the team would not be penalized the 2nd round pick and Washington will not receive the pick back.  However, the team itself would still face possible fines from the Commissioners Office.  

To read more about re-signing a player that was traded within a 365 calendar date, read “forfeit under No. 1 of “Authority of Commissioner’s Office” : draft pick compensation.

The Dolphins of course could wait until the start of training camp and re-sign the DE without any penalty at all.  The issue with that of course is that Jason would have missed all of the off-season workout programs, something that was at the heart of Bill Parcells’ ire last off-season leading to the trade.

You can read more of the NFL rules here.


UPDATE:  For those of you that forgot, yesterday was April Fools day.  While I normally don’t participate in such childish antics, I awoke yesterday feeling rather…”ornery”.  So the idea of this article came to me and I ran with it.  Had you clicked on the 2nd link in this article you would have been directed to the Wiki April Fools day page.  Now, I realize that some of you are rather displeased right now, so are the 50 plus of you who decided to angrily take your frustrations about the article…being true…on me in my Email.  While appreciate your love for the Dolphins…you can all take a great big sigh of relief and now concentrate on hoping that JT does in fact sign with Miami….Sorry guys…and gals…just a wee bit of fun!

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  • Redskins Guy

    Sign away baby. I don’t really fault him for not working out, but by all means, take my Defensive End…PLEASE!



  • Matt

    I do NOT agree with giving up a 2nd round pick for JT, I really don’t…

    Last year, we got a starting DE and our QB for the future in the 2nd round…

    Giving up a very VALUABLE 2nd round pick for a DE who MIGHT play two more seasons, to me, is ridiculous…

    If we can get him for nothing, I will be thrilled…but I do not like the idea of giving up a second…I’m suprised Parcells would do this knowing how much he wants youth on this team…


    I think that the Dolphins should definitly take Jason back. He is a great defensive leader, which they need right now. Besides Joey Porter our defense needs help and Jason could definitly help with that. Jason know the program very well and would be a huge asset to the Miami Dolphins Organization. Jason belongs with the Dolphins, it’s his home in Miami.


    I agree that the Miami Dolphins should wait until the 2009 Draft is over to sign Jason back. I’m not saying it’s a waste becasue Jason has tremendous talent and skill. But the smart thing to do is wait until after the draft to sign him. Keep also in mind that Jason maight have another deal with the Patriots so he may not want to wait. I think he should wait for Miami id they choose to sign him after the 2009 Draft. Waiting until training camp is a possibility but he would have to miss all the off-season camps. Overall I think that Jason Taylor should sign with the Miami Dolphins instead of the Patriots because he knows the Dolphins program and organization.

  • ShadyMDUK

    Good find Brian. Thanks :)

  • Mad_Dog

    I think they should wait and not give up the second round pick for him for just one year. The Dolphins are building for the future not one year. Now if they can get him with no penalities I say yes get him it would be nice to see him retire as a Dolphin!

    Good pickup Brian!

  • Brian Miller

    Guys,  I can’t do this to you anymore…follow the 2nd link pleaase!

  • Nick

    Lmao. Good One. I do have to say you did have me thinking about this one.

  • Jman

    Let him go to the New England Yankees

  • RickyNeverInhaled

    you almost made me post this in another Dolphins forum, but before i did i was gonna copy the link you gave, so i decided to read it first. good one! lol

  • Nublar7

    This was indeed a very good April Fools joke. A Washington Redskin website actually ran with the story as if it were true on their front page. Once they found out it was indeed an April Fools joke, they quickly removed it. Also, Extremeskins(the Redskins official forum) there was a thread about this article. Most of them were convinced it was a real rule. lol. Very nice work Brian.

  • Brian Miller

    Simply amazes me…LOL.

    Thanks for the good spirits on this one all!
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