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Rumor du jour: Jason Taylor?

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I'm ready for the draft to end if for no other reason than to see the rumor mill finally slow down.

Here's the latest tidbit I've dug up through various channels: there appears to have been some discussion between the Dolphins and Bucs about a possible deal that would bring Jason Taylor to Tampa, probably for the Bucs' second-round pick. I've also been told that Taylor is not opposed to the idea because he has informed associates he would like to remain in Florida if traded.

The 34-year-old dancin' defensive end would certainly be a shot in the arm for the Bucs' pass rush, given his age, how much longer is certainly in question. But we can tell you that the Dolphins will surely be motivated to do this deal if the Bucs or anyone else is willing. Miami has gone into full rebuilding mode and, as a result, it needs as many draft picks as possible to begin the process.

It's not clear whether a second-round pick is enough to satisfy the Dolphins, who reportedly have been asking for a first-round pick in exchange for Taylor. But that might be too high a price, perhaps forcing the the Dolphins to consider less-appealing offers.

We can't promise you what tomorrow has in store, but we can tell you there will be a whole lot of intrigue where the Bucs are concerned. Anyway, I hope this is the last time you hear from me tonight. I'm all drafted out.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:01pm]

    

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