The Green Bay Press Gazette reports that the Packers, due to injury concerns with Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, have decided to explore the idea of trading for Jason Taylor:
The Packers recently made an exploratory inquiry with the Miami Dolphins, who are trying to decide what to do with the disgruntled Taylor. In recent days, the Dolphins have indicated they’re interested in retaining Taylor, the defensive end who won the NFL’s defensive player of the year award in 2006.
The article goes on to explain that the Packers do have a connection to JT. Defensive coordinator Bob Sanders and DT coach Robert Nunn both were on the Dolphins' coaching staff back in the early 2000s, so they know Taylor quite well.
One thing the article does point out is that Miami's asking price might be a bit too steep for Packers GM Ted Thompson. You'll remember that the Packers wouldn't give up anything more than a 5th round pick for Randy Moss.
However, I actually think that Thompson's past experiences might actually benefit the Dolphins. Thompson wouldn't offer up the 4th round pick it needed to acquire Moss and we all know how that turned out. Would Thompson risk passing on another proven star player who could greatly improve the team just because of the future draft pick required to get him? Maybe. But you have to imagine that maybe Thompson would be willing to surrender a 2nd or 3rd round pick for Taylor now that he saw just how poor of a decision it was to refuse to give up a 4th rounder for Moss.
Only time will tell, but this could very well set the wheels in motion towards sparking up some serious trade talk for not just the Packers but also other teams who might be interested in JT's services.