From the Miami Herald....
Posted on Wed, May. 21, 2008
Dolphins-Taylor standoff escalates
By DAVID J. NEAL
Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said Wednesday that defensive end Jason Taylor will not attend any of the team's minicamps, organized team activities (OTA) or training camp.
Sparano then said he wouldn't answer any questions about Taylor, a six-time Pro Bowl selection and arguably the best defensive player in Dolphins history.
''What I know is that Jason Taylor . . . is not going to be at any OTAs,'' Sparano said. ``I know that Jason is not going to be at any minicamps. And I know that, right now, Jason is not going to be at training camp.
``That's what we know. Jason is a player under contract with the Miami Dolphins. He knows that. Both parties are well aware of the information. That's all I'm going to say about it.''
That the Dolphins don't expect Taylor at July's training camp all but declares an expectation that the relationship that began when the Dolphins drafted Taylor out of Akron in the 1997 draft's third round is over. The Dolphins had talked to teams interested in trading for Taylor in this year's draft but didn't get an offer they felt good about taking.
In previous media sessions, Sparano had maintained an unruffled demeanor when discussing Taylor's spring-long participation on ABC's Dancing With the Stars, which is taped in Los Angeles. The show's season ended Tuesday night with Taylor finishing second to former world figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi, but Taylor didn't return to South Florida for Wednesday's OTA activities. Instead, he took the red eye from Los Angeles to New York, where he danced on Good Morning America and appeared on Live With Regis and Kelly.
Taylor already had declared via ESPN-connected blog earlier this week that he wouldn't be at this weekend's minicamp. Wednesday, several teammates said they weren't bothered by the absence of a team leader and the 2006 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
''For me, it doesn't matter because I know what Jason can do,'' linebacker Joey Porter said. ``His résumé speaks for itself. I've been looking at him on TV, it looks like he's in shape, so I'm not worried about it at all.''