Taylor off the trading block

While there has been plenty of talk around Green Bay of the Packers dealing with the Miami Dolphins for defensive end Jason Taylor, it now appears the star defensive end isn't going anywhere.

Dolphins executive VP of football operations Bill Parcells told ESPN's Chris Mortensen and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Sunday that Taylor will be playing for Miami in 2008, contrary to published reports.

There has been widespread speculation that the Packers would be willing to trade a couple of draft picks to Miami for Taylor, who is entering his 12th season. The Packers are seeking to improve the defensive end position this offseason and Taylor, who has had 33 1/2 sacks in the past three seasons, could be the perfect fit opposite Pro Bowl defensive end Aaron Kampman.

The speculation grew in intensity over the weekend when a report on Yahoo.com Saturday said that Taylor, 33, had moved out of South Florida to Los Angeles. Taylor is practicing for his stint on the upcoming "Dancing With the Stars" television show.

The report also said that Taylor, the 2006 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and the team, "have graciously agreed to part ways between now and the NFL draft April 26."

Parcells shot down the report, telling the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Sunday evening, "The latest report is just another example of journalistic irresponsibility."

Taylor would provide an immediate impact in Green Bay's defense. With defensive tackle Corey Williams in Cleveland, the Packers could move Cullen Jenkins, who started opposite Kampman last season, inside next to Ryan Pickett to form a very potent starting front four.

It is believed that the Dolphins were trying to get at least a first round draft pick for the six-time Pro Bowl player. However, Parcells isn't listening to any trade offers at the moment for Taylor.


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