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    Dolphins and Taylor to "part ways"

    Taylor and Dolphins to part ways
    By Jason Cole, Yahoo! Sports
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    Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor has already moved away from South Florida. The only thing left is to figure out his next address.

    Three sources close to the Dolphins organization said this week that Taylor and the team he has been part of for 11 years have graciously agreed to part ways between now and the NFL draft April 26. Thereís no animosity between Taylor and new Dolphins guru Bill Parcells or coach Tony Sparano.

    There are just plans that each side has. Those plans donít include each other.

    For the Dolphins, who are still stinging from the worst year in team history, the plan is to get younger, both through the draft and free agency. The Dolphins have signed six players in the first two days of free agency, none of them household names. They range from quarterback Josh McCown to linebacker Reggie Torbor to defensive tackle Randy Starks.

    With the exception of McCown, who is still a relatively young 28 for a quarterback, all of those players are 27 or younger. All have been brought in to replenish a roster that was turned hollow by the poor drafting of Dave Wannstedt from 2000 to 2004. Nick Saban wasnít great in 2005 and 2006 and the jury is still out on Randy Muellerís draft in 2007, but the fact is that going 1-15 in the NFL of today requires a lot of bad work over a long period of time.

    Thatís why the Dolphins, even with a truckload of cap room, have been conspicuously absent in the sweepstakes for top linemen such as Alan Faneca and Flozell Adams. Both are Parcells-type guys, big, tough, nasty and smart. Furthermore, Parcellsí M.O. is to build the offensive line.

    Theyíre also both over 30 and after taking a couple of months to analyze the Dolphins roster, Parcells knows that he has a long-term project on his hands. Thereís a very good chance the Dolphins wonít be good again until after Faneca and Adams are done as players.

    True, the Dolphins did trade for 33-year-old defensive tackle Jason Ferguson, but there are other reasons for that. Ferguson came cheap (he essentially cost Miami a sixth-round pick in 2009), heís a stopgap at defensive tackle (a spot where the Dolphins are truly horrible right now) and heís a Parcells guy, having played for five years under Parcells. Ferguson is the type of guy who can help instill the work ethic and focus Parcells wants for the roster.

    That brings the whole thing back to Taylor, who is 33 and will be 34 before next season begins. Taylor has averaged 11Ĺ sacks over his career and has had at least 11 in six of the past eight years. He was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 and was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year last season for all his charitable work and public service.

    Taylor knows the end of his career is near and heís already beginning his transition. He told the Dolphins a month ago that he was going to take part in the ďDancing With the StarsĒ television series. For that, Taylor has already moved to Los Angeles to prepare and he could be on the show until mid-May, cutting significantly into any offseason program with the Dolphins.

    Last month, Taylor appeared on Oprah. Last year, Taylor was the face of the NFL when the league was promoting the Dolphins-New York Giants game in London.

    And what a face to use. In 2001, Taylor was featured by Sports Illustrated as one of the ďTen Sexiest AthletesĒ in sports. He has done movie appearances, has been a pitchman for companies like Neutrogena and has had an eye on Hollywood for as long as he has played.

    One canít blame him for that. Making $8 million for a movie is a lot easier than chasing quarterbacks for the same money. Taylor has two years left on a contract that pays him $7.5 million this season and $8 million in 2008.

    Not that the Dolphins canít afford that money, but they need players for the long-term a lot more. Taylor isnít interested in the long-term. If heís going to play Ė and that is an ďifĒ Ė he wants to do it for a team that will contend.

    Thatís why an Internet rumor that made the rounds Saturday about Taylor going to Green Bay makes some sense. Itís premature, but itís logical. Beyond that, the stated price of a second- and fourth-round pick for Taylor is low. Heck, if Justin Smith can get $65 million from San Francisco, the Dolphins should be able to get at least a first-round pick for Taylor.

    Of course, all of that remains to be seen. But be sure of one thing, just as Taylor will be seen dancing by millions of viewers over the coming weeks, his name will be in trade talks held behind closed doors.
    Good news, bad news. Good news, maybe that's the pass rushing DE you are looking for in that blockbuster deal. Bad news is it probably means you are not getting Chris Long.
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    Re: Dolphins and Taylor to "part ways"

    Eh...I'm sure Jason Taylor has some years left in him, but I wouldn't want to trade draft picks for him for a couple years. I'm sure he'd be an asset, but still...

    I mean either way if we get Taylor or not...it don't mean we'll get Chris Long. With this news...it almost seems positive the Dolphins will select Chris Long.

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    Re: Dolphins and Taylor to "part ways"

    Well, so much for thebeast39's optimism on the Dolphins moves. If Taylor leaves, this immediately opens up a need at DE/OLB and they would need someone like Chris Long to fill in his position.

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    NFL Network: Dolphins to Release DE Jason Taylor

    nfl network reported dolphins are expected to either trade or release jason taylor by Draft Time.

    on a side note this could mean that they will select Chris Long. Guess we better start thinking of alternates for the 2nd Pick.

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    Re: NFL Network: Dolphins to Release DE Jason Taylor

    how bout a 2nd or third rounder in next years draft 4 him?

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    Re: NFL Network: Dolphins to Release DE Jason Taylor

    I was hoping the Phins would take QB Matt Ryan and we could grab Chris Long but now that they have McCown at QB I don't see that happening.
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    Re: NFL Network: Dolphins to Release DE Jason Taylor

    Quote Originally Posted by ramsbruce View Post
    I was hoping the Phins would take QB Matt Ryan and we could grab Chris Long but now that they have McCown at QB I don't see that happening.
    Though Vernon Gholston isnt as good as Chris Long, he's still the young starter we need at DE. My vote is for Gholston if Long is gone, and it has been that way for quite some time.

    However, if we land a DE via FA. I say we draft J Long

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    Re: NFL Network: Dolphins to Release DE Jason Taylor

    we may trade down if chris is picked by the dolphins. I don't see vernon being picked #2 overall. look for a team that wants darren Mcfadden to try and trade for our #2 Pick.

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    Re: NFL Network: Dolphins to Release DE Jason Taylor

    ^ Very nice.

    Makes sense. I wonder how the value chart would work for that. who do you think would be a suitor for McFadden?

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    Re: NFL Network: Dolphins to Release DE Jason Taylor

    Actually...I think the person who said Rams were interested in Dewayne Robertson from Jets.

    A possible trade down from 2nd to 6th for Robertson and grab Gholston at 6th? I'd see no reason why the Jets wouldn't want McFadden running behind Faneca and splitting time with Jones.

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    Re: NFL Network: Dolphins to Release DE Jason Taylor

    Cowboys have 2 first rounders with a total value of about 1800 i think and Jerry Jones graduated from Arkansas.

    the 2nd pick is worth 2600

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    Re: NFL Network: Dolphins to Release DE Jason Taylor

    so in order for the cowboys to trade for the #2 Pick they would almost have to Include Both Their #1 Picks Plus a #2 Or Possibly a 3rd. I could see the Jets Trying to trade down to get Mcfadden because Thomas Jones isint exactly young.

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    Re: NFL Network: Dolphins to Release DE Jason Taylor

    I rather take Jets than Cowboys. Late 1st rounders...eh..I dunno...not a big fan.

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    Re: NFL Network: Dolphins to Release DE Jason Taylor

    I can imagine Kansas City wanted to grab Jake Long. Perhaps a deal can be had there and by moving to #5, the Rams are in perfect position to snag Gohlston. Perhaps a sweetened deal, Rams #1 and #4 for their #1 and #2.
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    Re: NFL Network: Dolphins to Release DE Jason Taylor

    While watching college hoops, the ticker at the bottom of the screen looked as if it said Jason Taylor is leaving the team for the NFL draft. Does someone wanna tell me what it really said?

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