Dolphins DE Jason Taylor hasn’t had the best offseason since ending his slowest season in 11 years, but the six-time Pro Bowl defensive end plans to fulfill his contract with the ‘Fins which ends in 2009. After ending the Dolphins’ 1-15 2007 season, Taylor’s won the NFL’s Walter Payton Award, prepared for ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and watched the Dolphins change their team tremendously under a new management. And although many speculated Taylor would retire or leave the ‘Fins before next season, Taylor, 33, says he plans to remain a Dolphin next season.
“Look, I’m under contract with the Dolphins,” Taylor told Sirius Satellite Radio on Saturday. “That’s where I want to be. It’s where I am, and I’m not retiring. … There’s been no agreement. Is it possible that something happens in the future? They can decide to do whatever they want. They’re in charge.”
Earlier this offseason, these rumors began to circulate and even gain a foundation when Taylor was reportedly looking to part ways with his team before April’s Draft. But Dolphins’ executive vice president of football operations, Bill “the Tuna” Parcells, responded and told the sports media that Taylor will remain a Dolphin unless he chooses to retire. And finally, Taylor ended the rumors by telling the Associated Press he wants to stay in Miami. “Heck yeah, that’s where I’ve been for 11 years. Where else would I want to go? That’s home.”
On “Dancing with the Stars” this offseason, Taylor said he has yet to speak with Parcells on whether or not it’s fine with him, but Taylor holds the training and program will improve his footwork, agility and balance. Taylor has yet to slow down like many other NFL lineman after hitting the age of 30, and if he’s right then Dolphins’ fans might see a rejuvenated and more athletic Taylor in 2008.