I want Jason Taylor and the Miami Dolphins to stop and think about the current situation. Really think about it.
We all know that Taylor's a defensive stud, and that he was the only bright spot on a terrible Miami team last year, but it's obvious that Bill Parcells isn't too happy that Taylor is dancing and not at mini-camp workouts.
Now, think about this... There is no doubt that Taylor wants to be an actor after he retires from football, and at age 33, he knows that time is coming quickly. In fact, he's already started to plan that career. He didn't accidentally become the first active NFL player to compete on Dancing with the Stars. He knew that it was a great opportunity for him to build a relationship with a much broader American audience... and he did that. It's a savvy move, and you would have to think he will continue to dabble in other interests over his last few seasons.
The Tuna runs a tight ship, however, and getting less than 100 percent attention is usually a ticket out of town. If he can get a few draft picks for Taylor, I know he would do it. Parcells loves the draft, and he should... he's damn good at it. The more picks the better, in his book.
Plus, there's no need to hold on to Taylor. Sure, it's the sentimental thing to do, but the team is in the midst of an ugly rebuilding process, and it will likely take a few more years to pull things back together. They did get better through the draft, but they're still nowhere near turning the corner.
Now, back to the possible trade. Miami was asking for a first-round pick during the draft, but they didn't get it. Taylor is getting older, and isn't worth a first-rounder at his age. A second-rounder, though? As a Jaguar fan, I'd give up a future second round pick, or a third and fifth, for him.
Taylor would have an immediate impact on the field and in the locker room. He would be invaluable as a mentor to Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves.
Realistically, Taylor probably only has one or two more years in him before he turns into a full-time actor, but I'd love to see the Jags snatch him up, even if it's just for a year. Win now, I say. And with Taylor falling from favor in Miami, teams could probably get him even cheaper.
From my time in Saratoga, I know that Parcells likes the bet on horses. From my time as an NFL fan, I know he's also willing to gamble on players. Here's another gamble, and I think it would benefit Miami as well as Jacksonville.
So, Mr. Parcells, if you are reading this, let me speak on behalf of Jacksonville. An offer of a third- and fifth-rounder is on the table... You, my friend, are on the clock.