Earlier this offseason, Jason Taylor said that the ship had sailed on the chance of his returning to the Dolphins.
The length of the lockout seems to have given that ship enough time to head back toward the port, because the defensive end is now singing a different tune about the possibility of a third tour of duty in Miami. While playing at a charity golf tournament held by former NBA player Alonzo Mourning, Taylor left the door ajar.
“I appreciate the interest and the concern if there is any,” Taylor said. “No ships have sailed, no bridges have been burned.”
Taylor started five games and recorded five sacks for the Jets in 2010. He was released by the team just before the lockout began along with several other veteran players and both sides indicated at the time that they would be open to renewing their relationship for another season. Taylor told Mike Beradino of the Sun-Sentinel that he shares a trainer with several members of the Dolphins, but hasn’t discussed business with them.
In Miami, Taylor would be asked to split time with Koa Misi across the field from Cameron Wake. Taylor sees the benefit in such a partnership.
“It’s a good spot,” Taylor said. “It’s a good fit for both players. It’s good to be opposite Cam Wake and then for Cam to have somebody opposite him too. It’s very beneficial to both sides. I had the pleasure of playing with Adewale Ogunleye and Trace Armstrong and Kenny Mixon and those guys. We kind of scratch each other’s backs.”
Taylor is the Dolphins’ all-time leader in sacks with 124. He’s tied with Lawrence Taylor and Leslie O’Neal for eighth on the NFL’s career leaderboard with 132.5 career sacks.