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Miami Dolphins

Stadium: Sun Life Stadium | Coach: Joe Philbin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense25th90.0 (25th)222.9 (18th)
Defense20th124.9 (21st)234.5 (16th)

Dolphins report: Inside slant

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J.P. wants J.T. but it's up to Tuna.

Six-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jason Taylor, who had a forgettable season with the Redskins after his not so amicable split with the Dolphins over his preference to dance rather than lift weights, is on the market and wants to rejoin his old club.

While vice president of football operations Bill Parcells has remained mum on the matter, the Dolphins seem amenable for a reunion, however, at a minimal rate.

"Everything is not about money, even in this day and age when everybody is looking for it. You want to be productive and be with the right team and help the situation. We'll work it out and see where it is. You still get paid, but it's not all about money," Taylor said at his recent charity golf event.

While attending a tennis match at the Sony Ericsson Open Dolphins Pro Bowl linebacker Joey Porter and middle linebacker Channing Crowder told the Sun-Sentinel that they would love to have Taylor back to help boost the pass-rushing attack.

"He can't do anything, but help us. If there's a way we can get him back, we want him back," Porter said. "Jason, I talk to him every day, so he knows I need him."

Porter may have had a career-high 17.5 sacks last year but the rest of the defensive linemen combined on just 15.5 sacks. The Dolphins did sign CFL pass-rushing specialist Cameron Wake, but he doesn't have Taylor's credentials. Taylor had 36.5 sacks from 2005-07, but just 3.5 sacks with the Redskins last season in which he played just 13 games.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft recently gave an engraved invitation for Taylor to join one of his most bitter rivals - although Taylor has been a longtime fan of New England quarterback Tom Brady.

"I'm a great fan of his. He's a special guy," Kraft said. "I think that's true (it's up to him, if he wants to become a Patriot)."

Taylor will be 35 and he insists his subpar 2008 was more about injuries and being played out of position than declining skills.

One wrinkle that would certainly prevent Parcells and the Dolphins from re-signing Taylor has been pointed out by ESPN's John Clayton, who cites an NFL rule that says if a team trades a player for a draft pick (second rounder and 2010 sixth rounder) but if that player is re-signed by his original team within 365 days of the trade the commissioner can revoke any trade compensation.

The Dolphins, who traded Taylor last July 20, could skirt the rule and re-sign Taylor at the start of training camp without any penalty. But that would mean Taylor would be unable to participate in the offseason "voluntary" conditioning which created the rift between Taylor and Parcells in the first place.

"I would love to have J.T. back," Crowder said. "It would add a whole new dimension to a defense that, in spurts, looked really good last year."

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