Taylor song and dance continues

Jason Taylor, the 2006 NFL defensive player of the year, would be upgrade a defense that needs to improve in the post-Favre era. Speaking at the NFL meetings on Tuesday, however, Miami's new coach says he wants Taylor to remain a Dolphin.

New Dolphins coach Tony Sparano spoke glowingly of Jason Taylor's dancing skills on Tuesday and, more importantly, reaffirmed Miami's desire to keep the star defensive end.

"I have seen him dance one time, and I was quite impressed. He moves his feet pretty well," Sparano said of Taylor's skills on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

Of course, reporters at the NFL's owners meetings in Palm Beach, Fla., were more interested in Taylor's future with the only team he's played for in his 11-year professional career.

For several reasons, Taylor's future has been a hot topic since general manager Bill Parcells tabbed Sparano, a former assistant from his days as coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

First, with Miami coming off of a 1-15 season, the Dolphins are in full rebuilding mode, and the NFL's 2006 defensive player of the year could provided a needed draft pick or two. Second, his cap figure of more than $9.5 million is a lot for a team with no hope of contending this season. Third, Taylor will be 34 when the season kicks off, so he probably won't be a factor by the time Parcells rights the Dolphins' foundering ship. Fourth, he's not a good fit for the 3-4 style Parcells has traditionally favored.

About 1,600 miles away, Taylor would be a great fit for the Green Bay Packers. Taylor's 11 sacks last season and 117 for his career would upgrade the defense and help offset the likely loss in offensive productivity in the post-Brett Favre era.

Still, Sparano made it clear he wants Taylor playing for Miami.

"There's no question about it," Sparano said. "Having Jason Taylor on our team makes us a better team. At the end of the process, we want good players. And Jason is a good player in our league. I just know, by having to game plan against this team last year while coaching for the Cowboys, he's a guy you've got to find on the field."

Whether that's posturing, however, remains to be seen. According to the Miami Herald, the consensus at the meetings was Taylor was worth merely a third-round pick because of his age. The Dolphins, on the other hand, likely would want a first-rounder or a high second-round pick.

"As far as any of that other stuff goes, to me, we look at it right now as saying, ‘Hey, we're lucky to have this kind of player on our team, period.'" Sparano said.

Steve Lawrence is a frequent contributor to PackerReport.com. E-mail him at steve_lawrence_packers@yahoo.com

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