Even as Jason Taylor has so far done everything expected of him to get ready for the 2010 season, the question has curiously persisted whether he'll actually be in the NFL for his 14th season.
I've told you he plans to play, and now his agent Gary Wichard is confirming he plans to play.
"He has every intention in the world to play," Wichard told me moments ago.
Taylor recently had arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder to clean up the area. He played with the shoulder injury the last few weeks of the 2009 season.
"He wouldn't be having surgery if he didn't intend to play," Wichard said.
So that should settle the question whether Taylor, 36 in September, has a desire to continue what is obviously a Hall of Fame caliber career. The question now becomes where Taylor will continue that career.
He is an unrestricted free agent starting on March 5 and neither he nor the Dolphins have committed to one another for 2010 despite the fact both sides obviously value each other.
Taylor would like to continue with the Dolphins assuming he has the ability to compete for a starting job and play every down. The Dolphins, looking for OLB help, will try to get younger at the position in the coming draft but still see Taylor as a solid player that can be part of the solution under the right circumstances.
That obviously doesn't guarantee Taylor will be in Miami. But it's a good start.
The hope here is that good start leads to a continued relationship because if the two sides cannot get together, I definitely would hate to see Taylor in New England or playing for Rex Ryan and the Jets, where the scheme might turn him into a 10-12 sacks guy.
Both the Patriots and Jets showed varying degrees of interest in Taylor last offseason.
That is not what the Dolphins need.
[News update: The Dolphins have re-signed OL SirVincent Rogers, who was in training camp last season.]
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