Jason Taylor wants to win. He claims that he’s not demanding a trade, but that requirement alone seems to disqualify the Dolphins. Even with the Erasmus James trade, the Redskins still have a need at defensive end. A high-priced aging superstar is looking to make a splash in a new team, and yet there are no Redskins trade rumors. To me, this is largely a good thing. It’s not that I wouldn’t love to have Jason Taylor for one year, but the price tag is simply too high, and it would indicate a return to the old Dan Snyder mentality.
Taylor has stated that he only wants to play for one more year. This could be a tactic to lower Miami‘s asking price, but even if it is, he wasn’t going to last more than 2-3 years tops. Furthermore, as it stands, the Dolphins have been asking for a first round pick. Even if the price drops to a 2nd or 3rd rounder, it’s just not worth it to borrow a guy who clearly has one foot out the door.
So of course the smart move is to wait. The longer he stays untraded, the less leverage Parcells will have. I’m sure Taylor would love to have an excuse to sit out of training camp; after all, why add unnecessary mileage to a vintage car? Also, the longer this battle lasts, the more exposure he gets which can only help him in his second career. There’s no rush.
Parcells on the other hand, is in a precarious situation. He’s on the verge of alienating Dolphins fans everywhere if he treats their aging hero badly. They might be able to accept the bitter necessity of him being traded, but I don’t know how well they’d like him being treated like dirt. Taylor was savvy enough to avoid being the bad guy. He didn’t pout or stomp his foot or have a hissy fit. He didn’t put down the Dolphins organization or his teammates. He just smiled and enjoyed the media attention and politely asked to be on a winning team, wherever that may be.
So be patient Redskins fans. Sometimes the best move is to do nothing at all. I know it’s more boring than we’re used to, but it’s better to be bored now than in the Playoffs.