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Taylor drama not as bad as I thought it would be

After discussing Wednesday's statement by Tony Sparano about Jason Taylor with representatives for BOTH sides, I asked myself this question: Why don't I get a real job?

No, actually I asked myself, 'What has changed?'

The answer is very little. I wrote a column for Mother Herald about the matter. Read it, dammit! We now know beyond a shadow of doubt that there is a rift between Jason Taylor and the Dolphins. Big deal. Been saying that since March. There's a fracture, people.

The bottom line is the Dolphins, I am told, are actively trying to trade Taylor. Good for the team because it is trying to get more draft picks for next year. Taylor, I am told, is actively seeking roles and opportunities in Hollywood. Good for him. Chances are pretty solid Taylor will not play for the Dolphins in 2008. Great for fans tired of off-field drama.

But that is not absolute. Taylor still has not publicly ripped the Dolphins and the team source that I spoke with about this noted that Taylor "hasn't been a pain at all."

Meanwhile, Miami's announcement -- contrary to the crazy pundits crying that it is a slam and signals the end -- did not publicly rip Taylor. Sparano's statement simply stated a fact the Taylor's camp had made known to the Dolphins.

So this is simply business being played out in the public light. I got (blog writing) no problems with it because, frankly, I expected much, much worse. Notice no one is PUBLICLY ripping the other side. If that happens, then we can say it has gotten ugly. But not until then.

Anyway, what do you think should happen next ...

... One more thought: I am told Taylor paid very careful attention to how Michael Strahan conducted himself last offseason. He was impressed that Strahan didn't have to get beat up in training camp, but still rejoined his team in time to get paid and play the season. And, it should be noted, Strahan's season ended with a Super Bowl trophy.

So missing training camp is not a crisis in Taylor's mind. Fact is, he does not cherish getting beat up for a month facing rookie Jake Long in two-a-days. He would do that for a week or 10 days. But not a month.

The bottom line is this will get resolved. And that resolution -- be it a trade, retirement or Taylor's return to the team -- should happen by the middle to late part of training camp. I predict late August the latest.

Discuss ...

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i thought about this all day an i guess i cant blame him for wanting to win. we should all just wish him the best like we would have if marino had played somewhere else. he played his hart out for all of us even through injuries. he did everything he could to help us now the dolphins owe him the same. great players move on all the time ray Bourque is a great example. people in boston still to this day love him an cheered for him when he was in colordo.

I thought Taylor was a classy guy. Up until now, everything he did was ok. He has the right to do other things during the voluntary part of the off season. Parcells wasn't even there to ask when JT signed up. But he's got no call to hold out. That makes him just another whiny athlete who has to get his way. He's no better than TO now. The Fins are rebuilding now anyway. They don't need any favors from JT. Good riddance!

Screw JT! The guy holds this news in until after DWTS, in a pathetic attempt to milk more votes from Dolfans! We should just let him holdout and fine him every day. As far as I'm concerned he can just dance his way off into the LA sunset. And he calls himself a leader.....rriiiigggghhhtttt!

Maybe JT will get a part in next year's release of Fast and the Furious 4, as one of the chicks that uses a bandana to start a drag race.

Strahan missed the entire off season last year and still help the Jints win a SB. What the Phins are doing is total BS and makes no sense business wise. They s/have traded JT a long time ago while they could have gotten us another pick for '08. Ill take an 09 pick now.

at this point i want to move on....so long jason. not a cool exit....not what we expected from you....no class dude

I can't believe that 36% of people who took the poll think nothing should be done because "No one has done or said anything wrong yet". I'm curious what these people are smoking. Isn't it wrong for Jason Taylor to hold the Dolphins hostage by saying he wont show up for training camp eventhough he is under contract? I wish someone would logically explain to me how screwing your teammates and fans is okay.

Armando,

Yesterday you posted that the Dolphins were asking for "ridiculous" compensation for Taylor. The tone of your posts could lead one to believe that you feel that Taylor is the wronged party, that the Dolphins are not acting in the best interests of the team and that you, yourself have taken a side in this argument.

Note carefully that I haven't said that you have written or posted any of those things specifically. It is my interpretation of what you have written and I believe that it is a reasonable view on your musings.

But since I would rather be clear than not, let me ask you directly:

Do you believe that the Dolphins asking for a #1 is ridiculous? (Note that asking for a #1 is not the same thing as accepting a #2)

Do you believe that JT is the wronged party here and, if so, why anybody should have any sympathy for his position?

Lastly, don't the Dolphins fans deserve a management team that will negotiate hard to get the maximum amount of value they can from a player that they have paid well? More to the point, one that they overpaid last year based on his production?

Actually, I voted for nothing because I am hearing the stuff from other players in contact with JT still claiming that he plans on returning, and is just pulling a Strahan. Whats more, I stopped caring whether he stays, or goes several days ago. I would much rather hear about the Miami Dolphins, not about someone who can't honor his word, or his signed contract. You may ask why I registered, and responded to this entry, but it is only to ask Mando to get off of this subject, and give us some info on someone other than Taylor.

Twinkletoes Taylor needs to be a leader and show up for camp and fix the mess in Miami instead of adding to it!

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