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.

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“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