The Miami Dolphins and Jason Taylor could likely play out a familiar scene next year when the DE becomes a free agent. Taylor acknowledged to the media that he has no immediate intentions to call it a career following the 2010 season. In fact, he said that he will be around until, “They kick me out”.
The returning DE is under a one year deal and that came after some dancing by Bill Parcells and side-stepping by GM Jeff Ireland. Following the draft, the Phins brought Taylor home. The issue at hand is really who does Jason Taylor take the place of? If you listen to Ireland and the Tuna, JT is a “progress stopper” meaning that a younger guy is losing reps and not getting the experience so that an older “named” player can be on the field.
The media and blogs alike, this one included, has hashed, re-hashed, and then flipped the hash over and did it again on everything concerning Jason Taylor. It started with the conflict between Parcells and Taylor over his “Dancing with the Stars” instead of off-season workouts. That led to the trade to Washington and his eventual return. Now it seems that next year will play out somewhat similar if Taylor truly feels he can and wants to play longer.
The first name will obviously be New England when and if this happens. Will the Dolphins see enough in JT this year to keep him under wraps? JT obviously wants to stay in Miami but that will not be up to him. In an off-season with little distractions thus far, it’s obvious that no one is looking ahead to next year, clearly not the media or the football starved fans. Still, it brings up noting because in the end, Jason’s future will come down to, not next year, but his performance this year. That is relevant.
Can JT stay healthy? Can JT return to his dominant force that netted him a league Defensive MVP award? Will JT assist the development of the youngsters or hinder it? All valid questions and all relevent to the future of Jason Taylor in Miami.