Defensive end Jason Taylor is returning to the Miami Dolphins after agreeing to a one-year, $1.5 million contract Wednesday. Taylor, Miami’s all-time leading sack specialist, re-joins the Dolphins after spending last season with the Washington Redskins, who traded a second-round pick to Miami for Taylor before the 2008 season.
Taylor, 34, was hampered by injuries last season and saw action in just 13 games with just 3.5 sacks — the second fewest of his career. He will play outside linebacker opposite Joey Porter in Miami’s 3-4 defense, giving the Dolphins two of the top pass rushers in recent history.
Gary Wichard, who represents Taylor, said 12 teams had expressed interest in Taylor since he was released by Washington after the season — one of which was New England. However, Taylor told Wichard that the only team he wanted to play for at this stage of his career was the Dolphins, where he accumulated 117 sacks over 11 seasons and was named the 2006 Defensive Player of the Year.
Taylor and his family live in South Florida and he wanted to remain there if he resumed his career, Wichard said.
– Steve Wyche