Jason Taylor has scheduled a press conference for today at 11:30 AM. Miami Herald's Armando Salguero says JT -- if he's honest -- is expected to announce that he'd like to be traded. The Sun-Sentinel's Ethan Skolnick agrees and believes that JT will talk candidly about wanting to be traded. Both Salguero and Skolnick see Taylor as someone who, at this stage in his career, doesn't want to start another re-building project and would like to play for a contender.
As I've said for a while here: the most likely scenario was a trade, the second-most likely was retirement, and the least likely was Taylor playing another down for the Dolphins. That should become more clear today.Yes it shall. Maybe. Hopefully. Coming out and openly talking about this could go either way. After today, it'll be Parcells' move. Unless JT doesn't say anything at this press conference. Then we're pretty much right back to where we were. And that would suck.
Meanwhile, Salguero reports:
If he is forced to retire, Taylor has options. One is a movie offer that begins shooting in October. Taylor will pass on the offer if he's playing for another team. If not, he will seriously consider accepting the offer.He already has a movie offer to fall back on? I guess I can see that. As I've said before, I enjoyed watching him do his thing.
It took some self-convincing, but I came around and eventually loved watching JT on Dancing With the Stars. Of course, that could've been my penis telling me that I actually loved watching Edyta. So who knows? My penis is always two steps ahead of me.
Uneventful Update (1:16PM) Tim Graham of the Palm Beach Post live blogged the JT press conference (poor bastard). You can read it in its entirety here. But here are some highlights:
-Taylor will not attend this week’s OTAs or next weekend’s mandatory minicamp because of his golf tournament and his brother's graduation.
-JT said he would talk to Tony Sparano about the comments the coach made on May 21.
-On being traded: “I told the Dolphins from Day One that if it was in the best interests of the organization that I would be fine with a trade. They shopped the trade and did all that and did get the value, and I’m fine with that. I wanted to be up front with the Dolphins and say ‘Look, I plan on playing one more year and let it go’ and give them an opportunity to do what they could with it.”
-On retirement: “I’m playing ball in ‘08. If (a trade) doesn’t work out then I’m a Miami Dolphin. I love this place.”-Taylor reiterated he has not demanded a trade or has told the team he will boycott training camp. “Some of the things said from some of the local guys were disappointing,” Taylor said, “When it’s not facts, that’s what disappoints you.”
So to re-cap: I just wasted a combined 31/2 hours of my life reading up and posting about this bullshit non-story only to get no new information. Thanks a lot Armando Salguero and Ethan Skolnick, for your crack reporting and outstanding analysis! I hope that both of your lose your testicles in an unfortunate door-slamming accident of some kind (that is, if you haven't already, of course).