For some reason, many dolphin fans seem to forget how valuable Jason Taylor has been/is for this Franchise. We all know what he did for the first 11 years of his career. But last year, he went into a new defense and new position at 35 years old and taking a SUBSTANTIAL paycut to come play strong side linebacker for the Miami Dolphins. I personally think he did a great job when you take into account his age, his salary, and experience at that position. I also REFUSE to forget how good of a job he did containing Chris Johnson on the outside throughout the Tennessee game. I know he did well against us through the middle and gained a good chunk of yards but we kept him for a very low avg per carry and Jason definitely did his job of containing that edge. I also remember him running stride for stride with Rashard Mendenhall against the steelers and if Yeremiah Bell doesn't intercept that pass, its definitely incomplete because JT was all over Mendenhall 40 yards down the field.
Forget the whole age factor in this case because this guy is showing that physically he's still playing at a high level. Its not like he gets to rush the passer every down like he used to and put up double digit sacks, because we all know that if right now JT recorded 11 sacks last year, everyone would want to keep him and I'm 100% confident that if he were the weakside linebacker where Joey Porter was, and rushed the QB every down that he would have at least 11 sacks on not 7.
At 36 years of age he was able to keep healthy and play every game this season and if I remember correctly he was the only one I saw on the sidelines yelling at teammates and trying to offer advice. I mainly remember him yelling at the defense during the Texans game and talking to Sean Smith during the Patriots game where he missed the interception and gave up that 80 yard pass to Sam Aiken.
He's proven to be a leader and a team player and for us to say "let him go" or "get rid of him" is ridiculous. Based on the value that he adds to this team, I would be more than satisfied if we gave him $3 mil a year for the next two years and let him finish his career as one of the best Dolphins ever.
This guy has given everything to Miami throughout his career and he can also help teach our young players the ins and outs of the game. Chances are when its all set and done, he'll be in the top 10 in sacks all-time.
All I ask is that you give this guy a fraction of what he has given to this franchise, and that's respect and loyalty.
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