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Jason Taylor | Linebacker

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (40) / 9/1/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 244
College: Akron
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Jason Taylor officially announced he will retire following Sunday's game against the Jets at a Wednesday evening press conference.
"After 15 years of doing this and 13 here in Miami, unfortunately and fortunately, this will be my last game as a Miami Dolphin," Taylor said. Sunday's game will be the 233rd of Taylor's career, and come against one of the two other teams he played for besides the Dolphins. Of Taylor's 139.5 career sacks, which are good for sixth all time, 131 have come in a Dolphins uniform. A future in T.V. probably awaits the likely future Hall-of-Famer. Wed, Dec 28, 2011 05:31:00 PM

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Jason Taylor will retire after this season, sources tell the Miami Herald.

Barring a change of heart, Sunday's game against the Jets will be the last in Taylor's 15-year career. It's a mild surprise considering his play has improved this season and he hasn't missed a game since 2008. Taylor's 139 1/2 career sacks are good for sixth all time, he went to the Pro Bowl six times and was named the 2006 Defensive Player of the Year. Taylor will be 38 in September.
Wed, Dec 28, 2011 12:20:00 AM

Dolphins signed DE/OLB Jason Taylor, formerly of the Jets.

According to the Miami Herald, coach Tony Sparano and GM Jeff Ireland "reached out" to Taylor to soothe over some hard feelings after the Dolphins showed him the door last offseason. The Jets weren't interested in bringing the 37-year-old back, so his options were limited. He'll play a situational pass-rushing role behind Koa Misi.
Mon, Aug 1, 2011 01:45:00 PM

Free agent DE/OLB Jason Taylor plans to play at least one more season.

Taylor indicated early this offseason that there was no scenario under which he'd return to the Dolphins. He also said Rex Ryan was the only coach he wanted to play for. Six months later, Taylor is open to playing in Miami, perhaps realizing the Jets have moved on.
Fri, Jul 22, 2011 11:59:00 AM

Appearing on ESPN's NFL Live Monday, free agent Jason Taylor expressed interest in re-signing with the Jets.

"I'd love to come back and play one more year in New York," he said. Taylor turns 37 before the season, and the New York beat writers consider him unlikely to return to the Jets. He won't get much guaranteed money if he does play in 2011, but can still help as a rotational linebacker. Taylor had five sacks and 17 pressures last season, also playing the run well in spots.
Mon, Jun 27, 2011 04:12:00 PM

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini considers it "not likely" that the Jets will bring back free agent Jason Taylor.

Taylor has made it clear that Rex Ryan is the only coach he wants to play under, so the lack of interest would seem to be coming from the Jets' side. Cimini suggests the Jets could target an outside linebacker such as Matt Roth in free agency. Failing that, Jamaal Westerman will be in the mix for playing time.
Wed, Jun 8, 2011 10:37:00 AM

According to Rex Ryan's new book Play Like You Mean It, Patriots coach Bill Belichick called free agent Jason Taylor every day last offseason in a recruiting effort.

The sides were reported to have mutual interest last offseason, but the extent of Belichick's obsession with Taylor comes as a surprise. Even if Ryan was exaggerating for effect, the point remains the same. Ryan's Jets contingent matched Belichick's fervor, and Taylor ultimately signed for close to $4 million -- a figure we suspect the Pats were unwilling to match.
Source: NESN.com
Wed, Jun 1, 2011 10:26:00 AM

Coach Rex Ryan has not ruled out bringing back free agent Jason Taylor for one more season.

Ryan and Taylor form a mutual admiration society, but the Jets were never going to pay the 36-year-old's $10 million roster bonus. If Taylor decides to play a 15th season, it's almost certainly going to be for Ryan.
Tue, Mar 22, 2011 02:00:00 PM

Free agent OLB Jason Taylor indicated that Rex Ryan is the only coach he wants to play for in 2011.

The 36-year-old says he's just "an old guy" looking to play another year or two "max." It hardly sounds like he's ready to sit on the porch swing and drink lemonade, so he'll be open to a lesser deal with the Jets. A return to Miami isn't in the cards with Taylor suggesting "that ship has sailed."
Wed, Mar 2, 2011 12:34:00 PM

Jets released OLB Jason Taylor.

Taylor signed a "multi-year" deal with the Jets last spring likely knowing full well he'd never get to year two because of a $10 million offseason roster bonus. After winning the first two playoff games of his decorated 14-year career, Taylor will probably strongly consider retirement going on age 37.
Mon, Feb 28, 2011 11:10:00 PM

Jason Taylor, expected to be released by the Jets, believes there's no scenario under which he could play for the Dolphins again.

"I don't think there's any way in hell they would bring me back," said Taylor. "They didn't want me last year, why would they change their mind now?" Asked if he still has issues with the organization, Taylor replied, "I'm over it. Bill Parcells is gone, so I have no problems." Taylor has yet to decide whether he will retire or come back for one more season.
Wed, Feb 23, 2011 11:12:00 AM

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini believes that Jason Taylor "probably will retire" this offseason.

Taylor is definitely done in New York because of his $10 million offseason roster bonus, and the Jets need to get younger and faster at his position. Though Taylor had five sacks last season, he tended to disappear for long stretches and isn't an impact run defender. The 36-year-old did get his first career playoff wins, so he can say he rode into the sunset. Sort of.
Tue, Feb 22, 2011 08:54:00 AM

The partial guarantee on Jets OLB Jason Taylor's 2011 salary voided because he failed to record seven sacks in 2010.

Taylor had five sacks, and just one in the last ten games. The guarantee would've been small anyhow ($750K), and Taylor's $10 million offseason roster bonus is way too much for a declining pass rusher who turns 37 in the fall. After dealing with all their big free agents, one of the Jets' top priorities will be to acquire a feared pass rusher. Taylor probably won't be back.
Wed, Feb 9, 2011 09:49:00 PM

Jets OLB Jason Taylor said he wasn't sure if he will be back for another season.

Taylor, 36, had five sacks while playing in all 16 games for the Jets this season. He does have another year on his contract, but is due a $10 million roster bonus this offseason. Although the Jets are desperate for a pass rusher, they'd be crazy to fork over that kind of cash to Taylor. He would have to restructure his deal.
Mon, Jan 24, 2011 08:33:00 AM

Jets OLB Jason Taylor (concussion) was on the field for practice on Friday morning.

The extent of his participation is not yet clear, but this is a good sign nonetheless. Set to appear in his first conference championship game this Sunday after 14 years in the NFL, the odds that Taylor sits out are close to zero.
Fri, Jan 21, 2011 11:05:00 AM

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