Why Jason Taylor and not Zach Thomas
Anyway, reaction has been mixed with some fans calling me names on the Internet they wouldn't have the courage to call me in person. Other fans are understanding that, nothing personal, but football business is sometimes cold and the Dolphins need to do drastic things to get better.
Anyway, as you might notice in the column, there is no mention of Zach Thomas. None. Miami's second-best player is not mentioned in a trade scenario possibility for one simple reason: The Dolphins wouldn't get value in return.
While Taylor could fetch a first-round pick or multiple second-round picks, Thomas doesn't have the same value on the trade market. First he plays a position that is easier to fill either in the draft or free agency so he's not as valuable as a pass-rusher.
Secondly, Thomas is one year older than Taylor and his contract expires one year before Taylor's so his shelf life is shorter. Thirdly, Thomas is an over-achieving, high-RPM, film room addict. He is not prototypical in stature, weight or speed. So teams would be less likely to give up very much for him.
Zach's worth to the Dolphins is simply much higher than his worth on the open market. So he stays -- which can be either fortunate or unfortunate for him, depending on how you look at it.