Jason Taylor was just introduced to the South Florida media as the Miami Dolphins', er, newest addition.
"This is home," said Taylor, wearing aqua shorts and a Dolphins shirt. "There’s a very familiar peace about being here. It fits."
This is Taylor's third stint with the Dolphins.
"I do not anticipate leaving and having to go away and come back again," Taylor said.
Taylor said he didn't really expect to return for this stint. But after the Jets called him at "10:01 AM" on Tuesday, the first day teams were allowed to speak to unrestricted free agents, he was surprised to get a text from Dolphins coach Tony Sparano about an hour later.
Then he got a call from Jeff Ireland.
And then he got comfortable with the idea of returning to the team.
"Because of the way things happened last year I thought that chapter in my life may have closed and we moved on," Taylor said.
Of the New York experience, he said, "I enjoyed it. I was open to going back this year. And if you had asked me a year ago if the Dolphins would ever have any interest, I would have said, ‘No.’ I thought the Dolphins had moved on."
Taylor will be a reserve for the Dolphins.
"I understand how old I am and how long I’ve played this game," he said. "I understand there’s a lot of miles. It’s like the old saying, I’ll scratch where it itches."
It only itches, Taylor admitted, because Bill Parcells is no longer with the Dolphins. He and Taylor didn't exactly see eye-to-eye.
"We can address the elephant in the room," Taylor said. "Do I honestly think I’d be here if Bill was here? No."
So much for that.
The Dolphins are not exactly standing still with their LB corps. They have terminated the contract of ILB Tim Dobbins and signed undrafted rookie linebacker Mark Masterson.
Dobbins had possibly gotten too expensive to keep while still playing primarily as a backup and on special teams. You pay at veteran like Taylor a $910,000 minimum salary, you have to make room for the addition.
[Update: OT Vernon Carey is not present at this evening's practice. I do not currently have a reason why.]
[Update 2: The Dolphins say Carey was simply given a night off by coach Tony Sparano for personal reasons.]
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