Dolphins Non-Committal About Taylor

Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland conducted his annual pre-draft press conference on Thursday, but not surprisingly the first three questions were about Jason Taylor and his free agent visit to the New York Jets. Ireland didn't get specific about whether the team wants Taylor back, suggesting instead that that determination would wait until after the draft.

"This is where we're at with Jason Taylor: This organization knows exactly our stance on him, Jason and his agent know our stance on him, and I'm not going to air our business through the media," Ireland first said. "They know exactly what our stance is. We know both sides of it, and that's where I'll leave it."

Ireland then was asked specifically wanted the Dolphins wanted Taylor back for the 2010 season.

"Look, they know our stance and we know our stance," Ireland replied. "I've told (agent Gary Wichard) this, Tony (Sparano) has told Jason this, we have to evaluate things after the draft. So that's where we're at."

That answer led to the next question, which was whether Taylor signing with the Jets would send a negative message to Dolphins fans.

"He's a free agent right now," Ireland said. "And we've told him exactly what our stance is. He's free to do what he needs to do."

Ireland then paused, before adding, "I thought this was a pre-draft press conference, fellas."

There were no more questions about Taylor, whose preference — as indicated by Wichard on South Florida radio station WQAM on Wednesday — is to stay with the Dolphins.

Taylor is concluding Thursday his two-day visit with the Jets, who under rules of the uncapped year can only offer him $1.5 million this season.

That's the same amount for which Taylor played for Miami in 2009 after his one season in Washington. Taylor declined a more lucrative offer last offseason from the Patriots, but it's unclear how much of a "hometown discount" he's willing to give the Dolphins this year.

Taylor was tied for second on the team last season with seven sacks, but did that playing strongside linebacker in Miami's 3-4 defense. With Joey Porter having been released in the offseason, Taylor could move to weakside linebacker in 2010.

That is, of course, if the Dolphins want him back. And if he doesn't sign with the Jets.

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