Are the Jaguars Done Dealing?

It was widely reported that the Jaguars were trying to acquire Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor in the days leading up to last month's draft, and during the early stages of day one of the draft. Miami appeared to be holding firm at their demand for a first-round pick, and the Jaguars, as well as every other team that was in the running, felt that price was far too costly. Have things changed?

It seemed as if it was a done deal that the Jaguars were out of the Jason Taylor sweepstakes when they pulled off the deal with Baltimore to trade up for Derrick Harvey, but things may have changed over the last week or so. Taylor and the Dolphins organization seem to be at odds about his absence at the team's "voluntary" OTA's and mini-camp, and it appears that their differences have reached the point of no return, as Taylor has asked the team for a trade.

"I know that Jason is not going to be at any organized team activities," head coach Tony Sparano said. ``I know that Jason is not going to be at any minicamps. And I know that right now, Jason is not going to be at training camp. That's what we know.

"Jason is a player under contract with the Miami Dolphins. He knows that. Both parties are well aware of the information. That's all I'm going to say about it.''

The Dolphins have likely lost some leverage in the Taylor situation, and if the former Defensive Player of the Year will renegotiate his contract, he could be a nice acquisition to a team that needs to win now and could be one player away, such as the Jaguars.

Another reason why Jacksonville could be a possible destination for Taylor is their current defensive line situation. The Jaguars currently have soon to be 33-year old Paul Spicer not attending "voluntary" OTA's because of a contract dispute, and Reggie Hayward is coming off a partially ruptured Achilles, and there's no reason to believe that either of them will be effective in 2008. Although there are high hopes for the Jaguars first and second-round selections, Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves, they are still rookies trying to make an impact.

Jason Taylor has been one of the most talented players in the NFL, and if the Jaguars current veteran ends, Paul Spicer and Reggie Hayward were to be at 100%, they still aren't nearly as good as the current Dolphins defensive end. Under their current deals, Spicer and Hayward have a combined salary of approximately $6 million due, which is close to what Taylor is expected to make under his current deal.

As talented as Taylor is, there are plenty of red flags associated with his acquisition. Taylor is seemingly "greasing the wheels" for a television or movie career after football, and it has been more than suggested that Taylor's heart and primary objective may not be in professional football. The other issues with Taylor are certainly his age, the compensation that Miami would demand, and his contract, as he's reportedly due approximately $15 million over the next two seasons.

Acquiring Taylor would almost certainly be a risky move for any potential suitor, but it is also a move that could take a team like Jacksonville from the cusp of the NFL's elite to a possible Super Bowl berth.


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