The Washington Times - May 13, 2009, 02:50PM

How badly did Jason Taylor want to return to Miami, his NFL home for his first 11 seasons? Bad enough to walk away from the $8.5 million he would have made for a second season in Washington over the issure of offseason workout attendance and bad enough to spurn a more lucrative contract from the New England Patriots.

The latter fact was reported by ESPN’s John Clayton in the wake of the announcement that the 34-year-old active sacks leader has re-signed with the Dolphins, the team that traded the then-unhappy defensive end to the Redskins for two draft picks last July. Taylor injured a knee in August and underwent emergency calf surgery in September while managing just 3.5 sacks for Washington.


“My heart has always been in Miami and so I’m truly excited to call myself a Dolphin once again,” Taylor, whose 1-year contract is worth $1.1 million plus $400,000 in incentives, said in a statement. “I was presented with a number of different opportunities, but in the end the combination of this being the best situation for my family, my love for this community and my tremendous loyalty to a great organization made this an easy decision.”

— David Elfin