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Monday, March 17, 2008

Do you suspend reality or believe the truth?

To celebrate Jason Taylor's debut tonight on Dancing with the Stars we're going to suspend reality now.

Why? Well, because that's exactly what we have to do to believe everything that is being said by Taylor and Bill Parcells relative to the defensive end's future with the Dolphins.

To recap: Parcells told me for print in this blog and The Miami Herald that Taylor is not going to be traded or released. He said the only way Taylor doesn't play for the Dolphins in 2008 is if he retires. Fine.

Taylor, in an interview with Sirius Satellite radio, said over the weekend he intends to play in 2008, is under contract with the Dolphins and, "That's where I want to be."

OK, so if we accept everything these two men are saying we have to accept the following:

1. That Bill Parcells is rebuilding the Dolphins in every area, cutting players younger than Taylor, showing no interest in star free agents that are younger than Taylor, bringing in a potential free agent signee (Calvin Pace) who plays the same position as Taylor, but that he intends to keep Taylor.

2. That even if the Dolphins get calls inquiring about a Taylor trade, which a source tells me has already happened from at least two teams, the Dolphins will ignore those calls and the chance to add more high draft picks so they can keep Taylor, as Parcells said. This even though Taylor has maybe two more years left with the Miami.

3. You would have to accept from Taylor that even though he hates losing and has been extremely hurt by the steady decline of the team, he is fine with simply going along with the current plan even as vets are getting cut and no stars are being signed in free agency.

4. That Taylor, contrary to human nature, would not welcome a chance to jump off Miami's sinking ship and get on one apparently sailing toward playoff contention.

Can all of you believe these four things are all true? Do they make sense?

Absolutely not.

Taylor, as I wrote in a column that I sourced for seven days, would love a chance to play for another team that has a chance to compete. In fact, he prefers that.

And Parcells, a master of building a winner, cannot truly believe he's going to gut a team but do it in an incomplete manner.

You cannot rebuild halfway as Nick Saban and the CamRandy regimes proved. You either go with young players or you don't. You either acquire as many draft picks as you can or you don't. And you don't turn down the opportunity to add early picks on a team going nowhere just so you keep a soon-to-be 34-year-old player whose market value will decline rather than increase as years pass.

I don't believe Parcells is making that error. I believe he will trade Taylor once he gets an offer he's comfortable with -- a low first-rounder or high second rounder. And as for Taylor, I believe he will be excited to death about that trade if it involves a team with playoff possibilities.

If you don't believe those things, then you have to continue suspending reality.

53 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

word

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nitpicking here, but Miami is no longer a sinking ship. The ship sank last season as the Brilliant Offensive Genius Cam Cam failed forward fast with only one lucky win.

Second, since when does a player have the "right" to play for a contender? They don't. They are employees just like the rest of us losers. We work at the pleasure of our corporate warlords. So Jason is not owed squat, other than the overly generous salary that he is paid. (And I don't think he earned his keep last year, since he dialed it in for much of the season because he didn't like Cam Cam.)

1:43 PM  
Anonymous finheavenblows said...

That is a nitpick, anonymous. And I don't think the point is whether Jason gets to make the call. The point Mando is making is we would have to be stupid to believe Jason Taylor when he says he wants to be here.

Also, it is valid for the Dolphins to consider what Taylor wants because no one wants a cancer in the locker room and I think we can all agree he affected the atmosphere there last year because he didn't like Cam.

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Dolphanalyst said...

I also believe Parcells will trade Taylor if and when he gets an acceptable offer.

As for Taylor's recent comments regarding staying in Miami, it appears he is doing this to hurt the new regime in the eyes of the fans. Once he is traded, most will label Parcells as a liar and quote Taylor as saying he wants to be in Miami. It is a game of deceit between both parties.

There are just too many inconsistencies with this situation as you have pointed out.

Here's the truth:
Parcells wants to trade Taylor and Taylor would prefer to be playing for another team in 2008. Whether or not both get their wishes has yet to be seen but expect developments leading up to the draft.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Stop Screaming Armando said...

Armando,

I have to say that the last couple of weeks your blog has been frustrating and disappointing.

Your stories have become alarmist and sensational. Maybe you're just trying to stir something up during a slow news time.

You can't judge Parcell's rebuild as "Partial" if he's decided to keep JT. A blind man can see that the restructuring is ALREADY very thorough.

I can say this - as a fan - it's VERY important to me that the team keep JT. He's the only player that is WORTH keeping. Well, I'll say Camarillo too - as a reward for last season's lone win.

I know you want readership to increase for your blog - but please keep these "the roof is on fire" type of rants to a minimum or I will stop reading.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Chris Nelson said...

It seems to me that JT might possibly be saying such things so that if the team lets him go, it won't be (publicly) because of his desires. It seems like both sides are trying to avoid being the one that initiated the separation.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Flatbush said...

Excellent analysis Armando and also dolphanalyst.

I agree JT wants out but doesn't want to appear crying about it. We already know he's a crybaby. And Parcells just likes to lie. It's in his nature. Ask Atlanta.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous stop stop screaming said...

When this guy said we had to keep Camarillo, he completely lost credibility. By the way, to stop reading, you have to be able to read in the first place.

2:29 PM  
Anonymous MartinK said...

My unnamed sources tell me that Green Bay and Denver are possibe destinations for JT. Although Denver may be looking at Julius Peppers. But Shanahan is a nut, so you still can't rule them out.

2:50 PM  
Anonymous FINSFAN said...

JT WILL GET TRADED JUST DAYS BEFORE THE DRAFT FOUR A SECOND AND FOURTH ROUNDER. THE FINS THEN DRAFT RYAN FIRST, THEN TRADE IT TO ATLANTA FOR THER 3RD PICK (AND GET ONE OF THE LONGS) AND THE SECOND ROUNDER THEY ARE GETING FOR D. HALL.

THAT MEANS, THE FINS HAVE (FOUR) SECOND ROUND PICKS. THATS HOW U BUILD A TEAM!!!

WHAT YALL THINK.

ARMANDO REMEMBER THIS

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando,

There are a couple of caveats to your list of assumptions. To wit:

a) Taylor himself, on the Sirius interview, said something to the effect that while playing in Miami was his and Parcells plan for the moment, but "who knew if a trade offer might come along to change that?"

b) If a trade is in the works, Parcells was *RIGHT* to blow up on the Cole report. Saying that Taylor & the Fins had amicably agreed to part ways was NOTHING but injurious to whatever talks could have been going on. I would have been pissed off as well. This is a far different thing and far different motivation than proclaiming "Fellas, I don't know how to say it any plainer. I will not be Alabama's next coach."

c)Parcells did say upon taking the job that he "generally kept good players around." That being said, JT certainly qualifies for that, and being an exceptional DE makes him that much more qualified.

Bottom line, I think something is going on, and Jason Cole pissed in the wrong coffee cup and upset management's ongoing trade talks. And it must have been a BIG coffee cup, because JT kinda threw JC under the bus as well in the Sirius interview. At the very least, it looks like something stalled the talks. Maybe it was just to save face, maybe not.

On the other hand, if he does keep JT, money could be spent worse otherwise, a la' DeAngelo Hall. At least with keeping Taylor, you keep your fans happy for a couple of the inevitable sorry years, and then as your young team grows to win, the man can retire a hero in the style of Archie Manning.

Either way, I'm fine with it.

Go Dolphins!!

Matt in NC

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason is starting to get on my nerves. I would definately welcome a trade. He's creating a bunch of unecessary BS.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous FLPD said...

JT is a goner. Mando, you are right to see right through all the LIES.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At face value your argument makes sense. But let's "suspend reality" and consider that maybe Parcell's thinks he can win next year and even make a playoff run the next. With pass rushers at a premium, and JT a healthy, fit Pro-Bowl player who has at least 3 good years left, if not 4 or 5 if played part-time, have you even considered the "reality" that Parcell's sees JT as a vital piece of the puzzle on a WINNING team?

The Fins do not have as many holes right now as people think. The D looks pretty good right now, special teams much improved. The O Line will get addressed, either through the draft and/or more free agent or waiver wire pickups. If Becks can play well, and I know that is an IF, the Fins will win games this year.

Look at the high-quality players the Fins have and then tell me they are a very bad team - J Allen, Ted Ginn, Ronnie, Ricky, Carey, Smily, Satele, JT, Porter, Holliday, Will Allen, Torbor, Channing, and all the new special teams players. The fins are really not that far away from being a very good team. If Beck can pull a "Derek Anderson" this year the Fins will surprise.

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of you are just so utterly stupid. If you want to trade a guy, you don't let everyone know you are eager to trade him - the price goes down or goes to zero. Months of speculation about Zach lead to a point where there was no way anybody was going to give up a pick because they KNEW he would be released anyway - just read the Miami Herald. The same with Daunte Culpepper and the same reason we paid too much for Trent Green. Now JT's value has been diminished... later you same morons will be complaining we should have gotten some good picks for him instead of what we do get. You are the kind of idiots who would alert an enemy we planned to attack and where we planned to attack and then ask why the attack failed. Shut up already - there is a big difference between lies and gamemanship. Jason could be saying he plans on staying to help the Dolphins get a deal HE wants after the media has screwed the pooch already.

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Matt from CT said...

Armando,

90% or more of Dolphins fans know that Taylor is going to be traded!

The public outcry by Parcells is so he doesn't lose ALL leverage in trading him.

Taylor's comments were made because he wants to help this team maximize his value and because he is a class act!

What I don't understand is why they even bother? Other teams know this posturing is for show so it doesn't help/hurt his trade value. Parcells will get whatever the highest bidder offers.

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Armando, trading JT would certainly makes sense considering there is very little upside left in his career, but that in itself may make trading him for what he is worth difficult. I would think Parcells and Ireland would have several scenarios at work with regard to the future and this year's draft.

If we can get a low 1st rounder or high 2nd for him then we would have to pull the trigger. Doing that would leave a void at DE/OLB which means Chis Long or Gholston would move up the board above Jake Long. If they can't get the value for him then they will keep him and draft accordingly.

At 34, I think it would definitely be in the best interest of the team to trade him regardless of what has been said to the press. Parcells has never cared what he said to the press, in fact he uses the media to create his own misdirection. One way to create the perception of value is to say, "this guy is such a good football player you will keep him not matter what."

Has anyone even heard of Jason Cole since he left The Herald? The Yahoo gig looked good and probably was lucrative but he might as well be writing for the PB Post. Cole needed to spark some controversy to get his name out there again. Hey he did a good job, but whether it means anything or not, I seriously doubt.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon a few posts up definitely suspended reality. That was funny though.

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, he's got the Dolphins in the playoffs. Why not really go for broke and say they're next year's Super Bowl team? I love Armando's blog but some responses on here on moronic.

4:59 PM  
Anonymous phins fan in ne said...

Am I the only one that wants to keep JT til the end? Doesn't trading JT open up another hole? Isn't Taylor in good enough shape to play 3-4 more years if he wanted to and at a high level? Let's get better....keep him motivated to come back and play for us.....maybe we hit on our draft picks.....maybe beck and ginn develop and we'll see what happens. I'm sorry....I can't get excited about trading JT......I'll keep JT....you guys have the picks.

Oh yes on a lighter note....I hear Jason Taylor prefers to be called "Twinkle Toes Taylor". We should all have fun with that.

Go Dolphins!

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello all,

I cannot wait until the draft arrives to see what is in store for this team. I am optimistic that Beck will become our future QB, he reminds me a lot of Brees and it took a while before Brees developed so there is some hope there. JT has been a great player the Dolphins and whether he stays or goes it does not make a difference because we are buiding for the future and we will be better this coming year but how much is to be seen. If we can get something for JT then I am all for it eventhough he has been one of my favorite Dolphins since Marino left but we need to do what is right for the TEAM and not for JT. Mando, I think you are doing a great job of notifying us of events that are going on. I wish the Dolphins would investigate whether Bryant Johnson, WR from Arizona would be suitable for our team because I think he would benefit our club. I hope that we can address our DB needs because our defense was really good back in the days because we had two good cover corners in Surtain and Madison.... Makes your front 7 better when your guys are covered down the field. Just my 2 cents... Great job guys and I look forward to the draft to see how we address our needs for the future. Believe in the Czar...

Scott in California

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The moment that Jason gets traded will be a signal to Atlanta as to the fact that we`ll draft Chris long or Gholston. This is all part of NFL Draft poker. Right now we hold em`.
Jason gets traded on Draft day,to Jaxonville, for a second and forth rounder. It makes sense,still Florida and a potential championship team.
Only my opinion,
Jeremy in the Cowtown.

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Parcells doesn't want anyone nicknamed "twinkle toes" on this team.

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter what they say. They will do what has to be done. Minds change, offers change, injuries happen, people say things. So what?
If they trade him, they trade him. I for one am not going to be upset that they didn't keep their word. Word smerd! I would be upset if they got 0 for him.
And I did see JT dial it in at times. I dialed it in too, I changed the channel and watched a movie.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Armando, I agree with your summary. HOWEVER, you have to ACKNOWLEDGE that if Parcells doesn't get a good offer for JT. he will not trade him. This means that JT stays in Miami at least through the balance of his current deal.

Now, ask yourself this question: If JT is not traded, what will he do if the Dolphins get better (like playoff better) in two years. Michael Strahan just wrapped up his 15th season and won a ring. JT is better than Strahan.

Things that make you go Hmmmm...

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think another team makes a block buster deal for JT for the very reasons you say the Dolphins should trade him.

As a result, he's more valuable to the Dolphins than anyone else. Why, because he's more than just a great pass rusher for the Dolphins, he's the face of the team and it's undisputed leader.

Parcells recognizes that and how important it will be in the rebuilding (which is well over half complete already). So the bottom line is, he's far more valuable to Parcells and the Dolphins, than any other team will be willing to give for him. There will be no acceptable offer.

6:06 PM  
Anonymous phins fan in ne said...

Chris Long and Matt Ryan pro days tomorrow.

6:09 PM  
Anonymous NomdePlame said...

We also have to accept that:

1. Parcells has no interest in anyone 30 years of age or north such as guy named Ferguson.

2. You’d NEVER go get HIM and you certainly wouldn’t give up a draft pick for a guy who’s just as old as Taylor.

3. A player under contract and bound to the team has no real leverage if Parcells wants him to stay.

4. That Taylor, in keeping with human nature, would not want to pull up roots and move his family, sell the house, look for a new place, leave his foundation, etc.

All the above, of course, are impossible and completely beyond the realm of reality. So you’d be crazy to believe they could happen.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What difference does it make what we believe.

Whats going to happen is going to happen.
I think that call has not been made yet. The tuna is feeling things out. I think if he shows his hand and makes it known what he wants to do, he'll lose leverage.

I'm going to just sit back and let the tuna do his thing.

oscar_g

6:11 PM  
Anonymous NomdePlame said...

Oh, wait!

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also agree with Anon @ 6:06pm

oscar_g

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Mando--what difference does it make? According to you, the Fins screwed up so badly by not picking-up Faneca/Pace/Hall that the franchise will never progress.

6:36 PM  
Blogger Bryan said...

Armando,

I've read your blog on a very consistent basis, but at this point, I wonder what amount of time in my life I wasted reading sensationalist drama-creating fluff.

What do you have in your resume that says you know over Bill Parcells the best moves for a rebuilding team to make? How many NFL teams did you rebuild from cellar dwellers to playoff contenders in your illustrious beatwriting career?

What gives you the right to throw Parcells & Co. into the same bucket of our previous failed regimes with such reckless abandon? Why stir the pot unnecessarily?

Do you get off trying to call out our regime for playing dumb on anything that gives others a competitive advantage? Have you ever covered sports before?

Ridiculous. :(

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(1)The Dolphins "sinking" ship? Really? The ship sank last year and Parcells/Ireland have started the slow process of raising it back up from the depths. (2)Here's an option I didn't read in the blog. PARCELLS lied to the media because he doesn't want them going into a feeding frenzy and bombarding every employee and player with a million questions. It is also in the Dolphins best interest that the media doesn't go blabbing about how they want to trade Taylor. Because if reporters start printing that TAYLOR WILL BE TRADED or TAYLOR DOESN'T WANT TO BE IN MIAMI, it will hurt the Dolphins negotiating stance. I thought it was pretty obvious what Parcells was doing. I also believe that he talked to Jason about exactly what I just stated. Which is the reason Taylor is on board with the whole " I want to stay in Miami" stance. NYScott

8:27 PM  
Anonymous KurtInTampa said...

Holy Crap, Dude can dance.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think we will lose sleep if Jason is traded.. its part of the game. But, he does have a $7 Mil contract per yr and when your trying to rebuild thats hard to swallow. I think we shouldn't trust what Jason or Parcells says. TRUST YOUR MOTHER--BUT CUT THE CARDS !!!

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JT did a good job on the dance floor. He got 7s and 8s, I had him for 8s and 9s. As for his football skills, I have him for
3rd and 4th round picks, not 1st and 2nd. So many times last year he rushed up the field and was out of the play, leaving a gaping hole between his position and the tackle. Big yards given up every time. He turned on the sacks at the end of the year, but that was it for me. He was a big source of the run-defense problems as far as I am concerned.

Sure he can still likely play some good football, but it needs to be a lot better than last year for me to be happy he is still on the team. Al that said, I want him on the team.

9:18 PM  
Anonymous iowafinfan said...

I think they are both saying what they have to to get maximum value. The more articles the south Florida press posts like this lowers J.T's trade value potential. I also think they are working together to work out the trade. JT can retire if traded to a non-contender ala Jake Plummer. Parcells realizes this. So Parcells is trying to get a good price from a contender. JT is on board with this and is saying what he has to, to help this become reality. The need to get a high draft pick but also have it come from a contender is going to take time.

10:24 PM  
Anonymous superscout said...

Hey Bryan & "stop screaming Armando" --right on! I used to really like armando's work - - and I want to keep on liking it. But lately he seems to believe that "contrived controversy" and an hysterical approach is his [790 the] "Ticket" into the big-time. I mean, for crying out loud, Tuna did not bury the program when he "failed" to sign Faneca/Pace/Hall, as 'mando dramatically proclaimed the past two weeks. Does anyone remember that our special teams sucked - - it sure looks like Tuna has realized this, and I will not condemn his free agent approach no matter what 'mando contends. I'm starting to think that 'mando, a la LeBatard, Skip Bayliss & Woody Paige, wants us to get pissed-off. Regardless, the constant end-of-the-world tone of his blog has become too wearisome to merit our energy. 'Mando--please dial back the hysteria!

10:46 PM  
Anonymous phins fan in ne said...

Armando do you know how many reps we will have at each pro day today? I think they have requested an interview with Ryan also. Keep us posted.

3:41 AM  
Anonymous vexorg said...

I agree that if there is a trade in place (or if one is offered) that there will be a caveat that the other team keep the deal secret until after Miami is off the clock for the 1st pick since knowledge of the trade would make it harder for Miami to deal that 1st pick.

3:58 AM  
Anonymous tom@jax said...

Conspiracy theories abound.

7:25 AM  
Blogger H.C.D. said...

I love Armando's blog, but this to me is utter B.S.

Look, I realize its a slow time of the year and there's really nothing newsworthy to report. Jason Taylor is the focal point because he's now on Dancing With The Stars, etc.

I understand the Tuna is going with a youth movement, but that doesn't mean that you automatically "dump" players that are over 30. You still need veteran locker room leadership. Jason Taylor can still play at a VERY high level.

For example, look at Michael Strahan. Do you think the Giants defense would have been as dominant during their playoff run without him? I don't believe so. Strahan was drafted in 1993. Taylor was drafted in 1997. Taylor is in much better physical shape than Strahan and barring injury, could easily play at a high level for another 4 years, just like Strahan. Why take a risk with a younger player or a chance to WASTE a pick when you already have a dominant player at the position? We all know most rookies flame out well before the four year mark.

I won't be shocked if a play is made for Taylor by another team prior to the draft and the Dolphins bite, but I firmly believe this won't happen, and #99 will continue to be the face of the franchise for years to come...and maybe, just maybe, he'll get his ring if the team starts to improve.

"The roof....the roof......the roof is on FIRRRRE"

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is all smoke and mirrors until the smoke clears - it has to be that way. Bill and JT are both smart people, football smart. Whether we trade him or not, all involved are saying the right things right now. We, the fans, and you, the media don't need to know what's going on behind closed doors. It is bargaining power, posing, and chessmanship that is going on. I like that both Bill and JT are posturing like this, it shows they are smart AND have respect for their franchises and fans. Bill and JT would be doing the team a disservice by spoon-feeding the fans and media investment secrets. Especially since "sources" apparently leaked to Jason Cole that the Dolphins and JT have given each other the go-ahead to trade. Whether that leak is accurate or not, it hurt the Dolphins as a team and hopefully the "sources" will be disovered and dealt with accordingly. This is a business and that, if it is true, was a trade secret (pun may have been intended). And, for those who claim to see through all the smokescreens and know the true hidden agenda are not right all the time, so stop tooting your horns, especially since the move hasn't been made, yet and if at all. Even if it is made, the other moves the Dolphins do or don't do that you swore we would or wouldn't don't always turn out the way your crystal ball shows it. In business, keep your cards close to your vest. NYJeff

9:36 AM  
Anonymous southflaboy said...

HCD: Yes, you need veteran leadership. But what kind of leadership is Taylor going to provide?

Last year he led a revolt against Cam Cameron. No thanks, but that's the kind of veteran leadership the Dolphins don't need in a year they're likely to struggle again.

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the guy that called everyone stupid, just letting people know you want a trade doesn't make the value go to zero. if your theory is correct, why would Jeff Ireland announce "we're open for business"? the reason we didn't get anything for Daunte is because he is worthless. next time you want to call someone a moron or idiot, look in the mirror...

11:53 AM  
Anonymous John said...

You can't call Jason smart on one hand and then call him a bad guy for "leading a revolt" against Cam(exagerated). That was smart too in hind site seeing what a putz Cam was as a coach. JT saw that. I also think he sees what is being built now. Remember he's smart.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Lucas Marc said...

FinsFan
hey bro, I love those moves, Madden really is an awesome game, let me know how it works out...

In all seriousness, while your moves are tasty the likeliness of even one of those things happen are extremely slim to zero, but I'll give props if any of that does happen...

1:24 PM  
Anonymous FINSFAN said...

Lucus,

I dont see why you say those moves are madden like. I mean think bout it dude, theres reports out there that taylor is going to get traded, witch i think will happen sometime. The fins are going to get a 2nd and 4th rounder, in my view is the best they going to get. The falcons are in love with Ryan, they have made no secret about it. And if the deal with D. hall happens for the 2nd rounder, I see this happending!! Parcells can draft Ryan, then trade him to Atlanta for there 3rd pick and a second rounder. That way both Atlanta and Miami would get what they want. the ATL would get Ryan and Miami would get Chris Long at the 3rd pick, cause I think the rams will get Jake long. Plus its less money the fins have to dish out to long, on that rookie contract.

If Atlanta reallyyyy wants Ryan, they have to go threw Miami. Atlants (QB 's) right now are Harrington and stockey lololol. Trust me they would do whatever to get Matt Ryan.

While you say my moves are not likely to happen, to me they make alot of sence. JT will not be a dolphin this up and coming year and the Falcons love Matt Ryan. in order to get something you have to give somwthing up, speacially for jt and the number 1 pick over all.

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets cut to the chase. Parcells will trade if he thinks it's a good deal.

The scenarios are endless but don't look for anything to happen before the draft. Just my opinion.

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Armando, if you're such a patriot, believing that the U.S. needs to "win" the war in Iraq, why don't you go give your life like Pat Tillman?

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was listening to Dan Patrick's radio show monday and Taylor said he would trade the entire Fins' roster for tom brady. You can hear it at danpatrick.com....it's up there.

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, at least a few people seem to be thinking things through. It wouldn't surprise me if Parcells is open to a good offer, which to me would HAVE to be either a 2 and 4 or a low 1st and 5th? JT's salary is pretty high, and it's got to factor into considerations. That being said, despite the fact that JT is almost 34, he's consistently produced statistically (although I'd agree with an earlier post that he didn't have a lot of sacks until the end of the year) and is only 2 years out from being the league defensive MVP. While he's been a little dinged up, he's still played regularly and productively. All this, and the fact that we'll be back in the 3-4 with JT likely playing free as he did 2 years ago would indicate that JT's going to be here unless a deal comes along that can't be refused. His level of play is still such that he's in the upper echelon of defensive ends in the league, and is not likely to be traded unless a deal that makes sense comes along.

Armando was basically right on this one, although I (again) think this blog is essentially sensationalism. I've been looking at other sources/writers when I want to look at actual football news.

Guiseppe in Oregon

1:36 PM  

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