Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Reunited and It Feels So Good.

Long-time Dolphin great, Jason Taylor, re-signed with the Dolphins today.

Taylor, who played his first 11 seasons with the Dolphins before being traded to the Washington Redskins last year.

Taylor ws released by the Redskins in early March because he refused to report to off-season conditioning, instead opting to spend time with his family in Florida.

The Dolphins re-signed Taylor today to a $1.1 million/1-year contract, with up to $400,000 in additional incentives. That's $7 million less than he was schedule to make with the Redskins this year.

Taylor had this to say about re-signing with the team:

"My heart has always been in Miami and so I'm truly excited to call myself a Dolphin once again. I was presented with a number of different opportunities, but in the end the combination of this being the best situation for my family, my love for this community and my tremendous loyalty to a great organization made this an easy decision."

I like this move for the Dolphins. Even if Taylor is aging, he is still considered one of the premier pass rushers in the league. Just a few seasons removed from being the 2006 Defensive Player of the Year, Taylor, 34, probably still has a couple more productive seasons left in the tank.

Not to mention, he was always a fan favorite in his decade-plus with the Dolphins. But what I really respect about this news is that Taylor is taking such a huge paycut.

In a sports era where athletes are inking absurdly rich deals, it's nice to see a player, who already has made millions and millions over his career, take the paycut just so that he can play where he feels most comfortable, and where he can spend time with his family. Because at the end of the day, when his career is in the rearview mirror, his family is what it comes down to.

So it's great to see a guy put his family's interest first, before the big bucks, and before the opportunity to win that elusive first Super Bowl ring (word is that the Patriots were willing to offer Taylor much more than the Dolphins, and they also probably have a better chance at making a Super Bowl run in the immediate future, at least according to the guys in Vegas).

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