While many Dolphins fans may still be thinking the team let Jason Taylor go without a fight, ESPN recently reported that this is far from the truth. A source close to the team said that Miami offered Taylor an extra $850,000 at the end of the season to stay with the team, which would have boosted his total salary to over $2 million. And while this means little now since Taylor has already signed a two-year deal with the Jets, it does dispute Taylor’s claims.
During a 30-minute press conference held in Weston, Florida, Jason Taylor said that the Dolphins initially made him an offer during the season, but withdrew this offer before the 2009 season ended.
In the conference, Taylor went on to say, “If I was good enough then, I just don’t understand why I wasn’t good enough now. But that’s their prerogative. They’re allowed to make that decision. There is a business side to football, and if they feel that it’s better for their team to not have me, that’s fine. I have no problem with that. That’s part of the game. Just let me know.”
However, the unidentified source claimed that Taylor was still given an option to come back to the team with a $2 million contract provided he would get shoulder surgery. But Taylor turned the deal down and decided to gamble on the free agency market like he was playing at a no download casino.
Whether the gamble pays off or not is up in the air since most of the money is based on incentives. The Jets will pay Taylor $1.75 in guaranteed money during the first season and $750,000 in year two. However, he could earn a total of $13 million over the two season if he meets all of the incentives. Considering that Taylor turns 36 in September, he will have his work cut out if he wants to meet the incentives.