The Miami Dolphins and Jason Taylor have ended their one year squabble and the all-pro DE has rejoined the Phins. The two sides had been negotiating since early this morning and have agreed on a one year 1.5 million dollar contract. Welcome back JT!
The Dolphins moved Taylor to the Washington Redskins just before the start of training camp for a 2nd round pick that became Mr. Utility, Pat White. The Redskins got very little in return as Jason battled minor injuries and never became the pro-bowler they expected.
Despite earlier report on April Fools Day…by me…the Dolphins do not have to return the 2nd round pick to the ‘Skins. There is no 365 day NFL rule…I made that up. Let me be clear again…I…made…that…up.
For JT, this cements his standing in south Florida and with Miami Dolphins fans. Long rumored to be a candidate in New England, Taylor has forgone the chance to win a Super Bowl instead opting to perhaps finish his career where it started. While some fans have said they would be forgiving if JT went to NE…a division rival, while others outright blasted the possibility pointing to Zach Thomas’ situation last year when he opted to stay away from the Patriots.
For the Dolphins, this is an opportunity to bring in a legit pass rusher. While not the same player he used to be, Taylor has stated publicly that he loves what this new regime is doing in Miami and said that he would “love” to play for Tony Sparano. He will now have that chance.
Taylor may not be asked to be an every down player like in the past, but that won’t likely be a problem and could help Taylor extend his career. Taylor could also help the Dolphins compete and win some of the games on the NFL’s toughest schedule of 2009.
Taylor has long stated that he wanted to stay closer to his home, a factor in the Redskins release. Taylor informed them that he would not participate in off-season workouts because of the time away from his family that he would be committed to. Now, logistics are not a problem.
Taylor had this to say:
“My heart has always been in Miami and so I’m truly excited to call myself a Dolphin once again,” Taylor said in a statement. “I was presented with a number of different opportunities, but in the end the combination of this being the best situation for my family, my love for this community and my tremendous loyalty to a great organization made this an easy decision.”
From all of us at Phinphanatic.com…Welcome back Jason!!!