So Jason Taylor chose not to wait until after the Draft to make up his mind concerning his football future. Can you blame him?
The Dolphins royally screwed the pooch on this one. When it comes right down to it, I'm not as ashamed about the ultimate decision the team made to part ways with Jason but rather with the manner in which they went about doing so. It would appear that this new regime simply has no idea how to treat important players. Important both on the field and in a larger sense, to the fan base. You can't go yanking these guys around and expect to come off clean in the eyes of the fans, who quite honestly love the Jason Taylors a lot more than the Jeff Irelands.
Ethan Skolnick made a very nice point:
No one in their right mind would willfully choose to stay unemployed in that situation simply as a matter of principle. Why would anyone expect Taylor to? If he wants to keep playing, no one can tell him to retire just because the Dolphins have no more use for him; it doesn't work that way.
And if you do blame Taylor, think of it this way….
If you aren’t interested in a girl anymore, and she then starts dating a guy you can’t stand, would you be angry about it?
Or this way….
If your current employer let your contract expire, and the only available job was at the rival company, would you stay unemployed?
Hopefully, when the Jets come to Miami this year, the crowd will do what's right and give Jason a thunderous welcome home.