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Sparano: Taylor not attending training camp

Dolphins coach Tony Sparano just dropped something of a bombshell although we preall saw coming.

"What I know and I'm glad we know this," Sparano said. "We gotten the information and that's important. I know that Jason is not going to be at any OTAs [Organized Team Activities]. I know that Jason is not going to be at any minicamps. And I know right now Jason is not going to be at training camp.

"Jason is a player under contract with the Miami Dolphins. He knows that. Both parties are well aware of the information. That's all I'm going to say about it. I'm going to talk about our players now."

And that's all he said.

Taylor, through his agent, has requested a trade on several occasions. And the agent, Gary Wichard, has told the Dolphins that Taylor will not report for training camp unless he is traded ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS.

Although Sparano portrayed this like it's somehow new information it really is not.

Taylor's thinking is simple: He wants to play for a winner and he doesn't think the Dolphins are that team. The Dolphins, Taylor believes, are in a rebuilding mode and that doesn't fit his agenda, which at 33 years old, is to win a championship.

So Taylor ain't showing. He wants out. And he wants out now. He wants to play football, just not for the Dolphins.

As I've been stating to a chorus of accusations that I sensationalize, the situation promises to get uglier later. Not yet, though.

If Taylor isn't traded before the season in September, don't be surprised if he threatens to retire.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, can't really do anything about this matter right now other than continue efforts to trade him. So far Taylor has missed only voluntary workouts. Starting with the June 6-8 mandatory minicamp, Taylor becomes subject to team fines.

And the team will fine Taylor for every day he misses in training camp and grow angrier that such a distraction is threatening to overshadow the building of a team. And knowing the antagonists involved, don't be surprised if it gets personal when folks become frustrated enough to start speaking on the issue publicly.

What was once a win-win situation is now looking like something else.

If the Dolphins had done the logical thing and traded Taylor for a draft pick or picks around draft time, they would have added ammunition for building their team. Taylor, meanwhile, would have been happy to thank the team for 11 wonderful seasons and gone on to trying to win a championship for himself and new team.

But the Dolphins put a ridiculous asking price on Taylor (a first round pick) that no one was willing to pay. So of course, no one made a trade offer. So Taylor is still on the team, but he is not going to be at training camp, at least not at the start.

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Armando. This deserves to be in the breaking news category. There was a small chance of him playing as a Dolphin, now its 0%.

JT needs to just get the hell out of here already! This is BS already. How many playoff games did our defense disappear in during our playoff days? Whatever man we'll move on!

Boom goes the dynamite...

Personally, I wished that they would have traded him for even a 3rd rounder. No hatred here but, whatever. Maybe some team will step up so we can work something out. He's a good player and has been a great Dolphin, but I don't care, its a new era.

BTW, He may hold out - but 16 million is 16 million - the team could play hard ball but I'd rather see him go.

Well add that jersey to the "no longer plays for the dolphins pile".

I now have 6 jerseys of former dolphins. I really hope Ronnie Brown doesn't get traded or I will be screwed.

It would appear that JT has an agenda. The agenda is to get as much acting gigs as he can after football. The problem is that he plays for a team that was 1-15 last year. He's not looking at this from any position of loyalty to team - it's all about JT! He's looking out for numero uno. Anyway, let's get him traded. We certainly don't want to deal with such a distraction.

Ahh well. If Parcells can't get what he needs in trade for Jason... I hope he holds the guys rights till hell freezes over.

Let the prima donna retire and go make bad movies in Hollywood. Heck... I may even watch one, if it don't cost me anything.

Ahh well. If Parcells can't get what he needs in trade for Jason... I hope he holds the guys rights till hell freezes over.

Let the prima donna retire and go make bad movies in Hollywood. Heck... I may even watch one, if it don't cost me anything.

I cant belive that this is happing like this. Hopefully this dont turn into a even bigger mess. God must hate the dolphins an us fans because this team is cursed.

As if this dancing crap weren't enough.

JT has crossed the line the second he misses a mandatory team function and starts holding the team hostage and I will lose every shred of respect I have for the guy. I don't blame management for trying to get a first-round pick for him and have not heard of anyone offering any kind of package that would provide decent value for a pro bowl caliber defensive end.

How about straight up for Lito Sheppard? That gets us a decent return and Taylor can look up the standings at the Cowboys and Giants.

Dude, is it me or has this blog been completely changed and edited from when it was first written?

JT can retire...

The only public soap opera conducted will be from JT's camp or the media. Parcells will stand strong to his word...

We have spent too much time with the topic of Taylor and his return or departure to the fins. I have been a huge fan of Taylor since I fist saw him play but sometimes the relationship between a player and the team he plays for goes sour and that is what is happening now with him. If we keep him he is not going to be happy and his performance will reflect it, ultimately affecting his trade value. Therefore let him go, wish well, and move on. Hopefully we can get something worth it in return. If Michael Strahan retires, maybe the dolphins can trade Taylor to the Giants for Shockey?

Boy doesn't this suck?

The highest offer we received was a late 3rd rounder from Jacksonville (not sure if Del Rio asked for only one or both of the franchises Lombardi trophy's to boot)... and now that other teams know he won't play for the Dolphins - they won't offer even that much.

So our choices are to get robbed by some already good to contending team, and getting to watch their success all year with a player they basically stole from us.... or force JT to retire.

Well from my view the Miami Dolphins don't owe Jason Taylor anything. He was more than well compensated for his work, and he had the near adoration of the entire fan base for all of his playing career (till now).

While it would be nice to allow a former great player to ride off into the sunset with another team with a chance at a title... I think it's asking a little much for the team to get raped in the process.

I hope Bill Parcells is as good as his word, and that Jason Taylor is forced to honor his contract or retire. Big distraction???? So what? If we can endure 1-15, I'm more than sure we can endure JT's whining to the press Chad Johnson style all year.

Jason has no trade value to the Dolphins at this point.

His only options are to retire or sit out the next two seasons and not get paid.

Good luck with your acting career Jason....you are going to need it.

I really really hope we are in the playoffs in the next two years... I think Parcells & Co. really wanted Jason to play that OLB spot, and wanted him to be a part of the team, otherwise they would've traded him for a 3rd and a 6th or so.

This is going to get interesting... I don't see Parcells budging from his position. Its too bad that this is gonna overshadow the rest of the offseason, cause this has been the first year I've really looked forward to in a while. I think we are finally on the right track, and maybe its not a fast enough track for JT, but I am positive that in a couple years JT will be kicking himself in the ass watching us in the playoffs.

Jason Taylor has become a total joke. I hope Miami lets his sorry butt rot!

I really don't see what the big deal about this Taylor story is, he doesn't want to play for the Dolphins any more. So? Don't, bye. Parcells will handle it accordingly, it's what they brought him in for, if Taylor is going to be a loose cannon and not do things the "Tuna way" then the Tuna will handle it. It boggles my mind that Armando would start second guessing this new regime this quickly over an about to retire anyway Jason Taylor. The dude is in his 30's for christ sake, we we're 1-15 last year! What exactly is Taylor going to do for this team expect undermine the rebuilding effort by bitching about wanting to "win". Ask Cam Cemeron about Taylor's loyalty to the cause. Football is the coldest sport their is when it comes to letting players go, ask Dan Marino. Goodbye Taylor I hope we get a draft pick for you but either way see ya!

Jason Taylor is a scrub! What a whiney little selfish girl! Go dance some more!

"Taylor's thinking is simple: He wants to play for a winner and he doesn't think the Dolphins are that team. The Dolphins, Taylor believes, are in a rebuilding mode and that doesn't fit his agenda, which at 33 years old, is to win a championship."


There are a bunch of GREAT players that never won the big game. But they stuck it out with their team to the end! Have you ever heard of Dan Marino!

JT isn't worth a single cheer from the miami fans!

I hope we dont trade his ass and send his cry baby selfish ass into retirement! and then no fans even show up for it!

Jason Taylor is a scrub! What a whiney little selfish girl! Go dance some more!

"Taylor's thinking is simple: He wants to play for a winner and he doesn't think the Dolphins are that team. The Dolphins, Taylor believes, are in a rebuilding mode and that doesn't fit his agenda, which at 33 years old, is to win a championship."


There are a bunch of GREAT players that never won the big game. But they stuck it out with their team to the end! Have you ever heard of Dan Marino!

JT isn't worth a single cheer from the miami fans!

I hope we dont trade his ass and send his cry baby selfish ass into retirement! and then no fans even show up for it!

I am absolutely shocked. I can't believe Jason is acting as if the Dolphins owe him something after he has made millions of dollars to PLAY A GAME. A lot of great players went their whole career without winning a superbowl or whining about it. This makes me think that Jason wants to be on a team that will be in the spotlight because his agent believes it will help his hollywood career. It has nothing to do with getting a superbowl ring. It is time we laugh our collective a**es off at the fact JT thinks he is going to be an actor. "The nominees for best actor are, Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, and Jason Taylor. And the winner is.........". What a joke. Prediction, Jason Taylor will be hosting MTV's Spring Break in 3 years.

Armando are the rumors true that we were only offered a late third rounder for JT? If that's the case I can see why they didn't take it. You ask for a first round pick with the idea that someone will offer a second, NOT A THIRD. A pro bowl defensive end is at least worth a second rounder ESPECIALLY if the new team can sign him to a 2 year contract. But if the rumor is false and we were offered a 2nd round pick Ireland and Parcells made a mistake in not taking it.

JT's wanted out since last October, he's the one pulling the strings here people. His agent has told Miami that he wants out, so why have him show up to OTA'S and Training camp? It would be a circus and a huge distraction. And for everyone who thinks that the Dolphins are going to loose a couple more games because JT's not here, think about this: He played in every game last year and they won one game. It's time to move on

What gets me is Taylor lied. Is it because he knew he'd piss off a whole lot of Fin fans with this stunt, and lose votes on the final dancing with the stars?

In his ESPN Blog he said:

People also make a big deal about Bill Parcells and me. I have not talked to Bill. It's fine. It's not that big a deal. He's a busy man. He's got a lot to do. He's got to run a football team. At this point, it should be laid to rest. We'll be fine. We'll sit down and talk in the near future when this is all done. I'll get back to Miami and we'll all sit down and talk and figure it out.

I'm not mad at him. No. Are you kidding? I'm fine. I'm fine. I'm not even going to get into it. I'm not going to sit here and squabble like some school kids. We're professionals, and he has a job to do, and I have a job to do and we'll both try to do our jobs the best we can.

"We're professionals". lol Oh.. So that's why the next day he had his agent call and say he won't be attending any OTA's instead of doing it himself? Let him retire, I lost a lot of respect for the man because of that.

Bill Parcells should stay true to his word and either make him retire or play for the Dolphins. Let's face it, players are a commodity and there is no way they will get enough value in a trade for Taylor. This will force him to leave money on the table or play for our team this year. After seeing how Taylor has acted recently he will most likely retire but do not forget he has a contractual obligation to the Dolphins.

I don't understand all the hype about his future acting career. I know he has minimal work in commercials playing himself. There are no guarantees he will be successful in the entertainment industry. It would be risky for him to abandon a multi-million dollar contract for an uncertain career path. This leads me to believe the Dolphins have the upper hand.

The Dolphins absolutely cannot give up Taylor for less than he is worth!

ok mando bashers,

its now confirmed, it has not been a rumor anymore. sorry, jt (notice small letters) what an ass. should have known when you moved your family to stinky LA. u r gonna be the loser, not us. what a disgrace, but, u don't really care about anyone but u. Tuna, Tony, Jeff, get what ya can even if it is a third and let the turd float!

Miami owes Taylor NOTHING.......he played 11 great seasons for Miami and got PAID.........its a job not a favor......He was paid 2 do exactly what he does Dolphins owe this cry baby prick absolutely jack!!!!!!!

what a dissapointment...classless jt

long time fan

big ditto and i actually respected the guy.....how do i feel?

u got it...........

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Well then, I hope JT retires. Why should the team give in to JT demands, he's under contract. If we cannot find a trade to our satisfaction, then don't trade him and let him retire. Stop siding with Taylor, please!!!!!!!!!

Armando, I am going to say what everyone else is thinking but has failed to point out. For the past two months you have told that the Jason saga was happening and people called you a gossip guy. Well, congratulations buddy for sticking by your guns and writing the truth. I appreciate your insight.

Salguero, stop siding with Taylor, please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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