While former Dolphins icon Jason Taylor remains unsigned, there are a ton of rumors about where he may end up playing football in 2009. We've heard all of the rumors about Taylor ending up in New England. And we know that Pats' owner Robert Kraft has publicly said that if he wants to join the Patriots, they can work something out to make it happen.
The Jets are another team believed tp have interest in Taylor. But Taylor says it wouldn't be easy to sign with one of his most hated rivals during his time in Miami. Taylor, speaking at a youth football camp in Florida, said:
'It'd be very, very, very difficult. At the end of the day, if I couldn't find a job anywhere else and the Jets called, I guess I'd have to retire or go play.''
It's great to hear Taylor say that - it really is. But why hasn't he come out and said the same about the possibility for playing for the Patriots, much like Zach Thomas did last offseason? Is Taylor open to playing in New England?
"I never said it wouldn't be difficult to play for either, but the Jets are the Jets. I've had a lot of history saying bad things about Jets fans. The fireman hat guy and all of those people in New York that are Jets fans aren't the ones working on Wall Street. I've said all of those things, so I've got to leave it at that.''
That's true. Taylor has been far more vocal about his feelings towards Jets fans than he has about the fans of any other team - Patriots included.
As far Taylor's possible return to Miami goes, you'll remember that I reported last week that the two sides had met and, from what my source told me, they spoke about a possible 2 year deal - but decided to take a "wait and see" approach. Then Armando Salguero, the bad reporter that he is, reported on Friday that (and this is a direct quote from Armando), "the Dolphins have not called or talked to the Taylor camp."
Well, Armando, you're wrong again. Taylor said at his football camp that he has spoken with the Dolphins:
"We talked. I'm not going to get into what we talked about or the details of it, but we did talk. They know how I feel and what I'd like to do. And I know how they feel and what they'd like to do; what they're looking for.''
That pretty much gels with what I've heard from my well-placed source. If anything was to happen between the Dolphins and Taylor, it wouldn't happen until after the draft.