Jason Taylor outta here? Not so fast ...
I think it was last month when I wrote a column stating the Dolphins should trade Taylor -- for his sake and theirs -- either at the trade deadline or after the season.
Since writing that column two things have happened: Everybody else caught on to the idea. And I've talked to Dolphins insiders who tell me it's not an outrageous idea, but neither is it a foregone conclusion.
I've been told the Dolphins would rather rebuild with Taylor than without him. I've been told the Dolphins believe they can field a pretty fair team after another draft and free agency period and that Taylor would have much more to work with and be excited about at that point.
Will he win a championship with the Dolphins next season? Probably not. But the team shouldn't be the winless wreck it is now.
There are two forces at work beyond Miami's desires (or lack thereof) to trade Taylor.
If Taylor, depressed and feeling hopeless about the future, comes to the team and asks for a trade following the season, the Dolphins would almost be obliged to look around for a deal. Beyond that, some team would have to come with a very attractive offer to tear Taylor from the Miami roster.
We're not talking a third round pick or two third round picks or even a second round pick for Jason Taylor. We're talking a first round pick, knuckleheads. The team that just got a second-round pick for Chris Chambers is not settling for another second-round pick for Jason Taylor. It's going to take a first-rounder.
Understand that not a lot of teams would be willing to part with a first-round pick for a 34-year-old defensive end. It would have to be a team believing itself on the verge of a Super Bowl run, one thinking it's a pass-rusher away from a 'ship.
And so if you ask me today, now, whether I believe Jason Taylor will be with the Dolphins at this time next year, I would have to weigh everything I just told you and say yes. I would guess Taylor will be around.