Jason Taylor Returns Home

AdamContributor IMay 13, 2009

MIAMI - DECEMBER 16:  Defensive end Jason Taylor #99 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates after defeating the Baltimore Ravens at Dolphin Stadium December 16, 2007 in Miami, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Ravens 22-16 for their first victory of the year.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

After reports that the rival New England Patriots were close to signing him to fill a need for them, Jason Taylor has signed a one year, $1.1 million deal with the Miami Dolphins, ESPN has reported.

He would have made more money elsewhere, including turning down an $8.5 million deal with the Redskins in March.

The whole time though he wanted to play with the Dolphins again and be close to his family. He didn't care about the money and left it up to the Dolphins to pay what they wanted and what fit with them.

Most people assumed it would not happen, that Parcells would never want him back on the team. Well, Parcells and Taylor are on the same page and Taylor has been using a Dolphins training program that Coach Sparano gave him.

His time with the Redskins was the least memorable. However, he got hurt during preseason and further got hurt during the season and had two operations. I would say I am 100 percent positive he will be out for blood this season in Miami, and will definitely help Miami's pass rush alongside Joey Porter. He obviously is not in it for the money—he just wants to play.

The best part about this, besides a great Dolphin legend returning to the team, is that the 2006 Defensive Player of the Year did not care about the money. Meanwhile the T.O./VH1 circus has set up shop in Buffalo, Tom and Gisele's bodyguards shot at paparazzi, and the Jets are still the Jets.

I'll take our 2009 feel-good Taylor homecoming over all of those, no matter what happens.